HB1523 goes into effect Friday

The controversial House Bill 1523, which gives public officials, business owners, and service providers the ability to refuse service to any individual based on religious belief, has now become law.
The U.S Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has denied the request for a rehearing. The law is based on three specific religious beliefs about gay marriage, transgender individuals, and sex before marriage.
In a statement from the ACLU, Executive Director Jennifer Collins says: “HB1523 is a step backwards for the state of Mississippi. It is aimed at targeting the LGBT community, but it also affects everyone who calls Mississippi home or travels through our state.”

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