Legal Defense Of HB 1523

Tomorrow many laws will go into effect, the biggest and likely most controversial one being House Bill 1523.
It’s been several months since Governor Phil Bryant signed the Religious Accommodations Act into law. It is a law allowing private businesses to deny goods and services “based upon or in a manner consistent with a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.”
While the law has led to protests, it has also spent time inside the courtroom. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood tells News 25 defending the bill on a state level has been no easy task. “We’ve been sued so many times over the political legislation that the legislature passed. We’ve gotten sued four times over the religious rights bill. It’s really kept our civil litigation busy just trying to defend things that the legislature has passed.”
Just two days ago, a federal judge barred Mississippi from denying same-sex marriages.

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