LGBT community reacts to court’s decision
While the LGBT community continues to fight against a Mississippi law they view as a violation of gay rights, the Supreme Court is choosing to look away.
Mississippi justices refuse to hear cases challenging House Bill 1523. Those in our community against the bill are upset.
The LGBT community has taken another shot in the ongoing battle to overturn House Bill 1523, a Mississippi law allowing businesses to deny services based on religious beliefs. Local activists say they’re not surprised. “We were hopeful that it wasn’t going to happen, but it was kind of like, yeah, that’s just about what we expected.”
The following beliefs protected under the bill are that marriage should only be between a man and a woman, that sexual relations can only take place under a union of that same kind and that a person’s gender is determined at birth and cannot be changed. Mississippi Rainbow Center President Molly Kester said, “Religious freedom is guaranteed under the United States constitution so really what HB 1523 is a hate bill not a freedom bill.”
Hair stylist Ashley Evins says two of her co-workers at Cost Cutters in Gulfport identify themselves as members of the LGBTQ community. “We don’t discriminate, I mean people are people, if you’re gay, if you’re lesbian, who cares.”
Evins tells News 25 her workplace will never exercise a law that gives people the right to legally discriminate and she’s disagreed with it since the bill took effect this past October. “I really don’t think the bill should ever been put in place anyway because the LGBT community, they’ve been fighting for so long just to get basic rights.”
Justices stated the people against House Bill 1523 didn’t prove to be personally injured by the state law, which is required for legal change. “It’s obviously a bad bill, but we got to wait until someone gets hurt by it in order to take it to court,” said Kester.
Activists against the bill say they’ll keep fighting. “We’ll be back.”