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The Latest: Some say Mississippi anti-gay law may be unconstitutional

The latest on reactions to a Mississippi law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to gay and transgender people because of their religious beliefs.

2:15 p.m.

Some Mississippians say a new law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people is needed protection for Christians who adhere to traditional views of marriage and gender roles.

But others say Gov. Phil Bryant’s decision Tuesday to sign the bill amounts to discrimination, even if they find same-sex marriage morally offensive.

The reactions came Wednesday as some law professors questioned whether the new state law will withstand legal scrutiny, saying parts of it may violate the First Amendment by favoring particular religious beliefs. They warn other parts of the law may violate the 14th Amendment’s requirement for equal protection under the law.

Supporters of the law say they’re confident the protections will stand up to challenges.

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12:00 a.m.

The Mississippi governor’s decision to sign a law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people may have headed off opposition in the state’s business community, but it could open the state to lawsuits.

Saying he was protecting religious freedom, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill Tuesday without hesitation or fanfare just hours after it cleared its final legislative obstacle Monday.

Reaction from two large business associations which had released statements opposing the bill was muted, although some individual companies are criticizing the decision.

Opponents say they’ll consider a legal challenge, and Democratic state Attorney General Jim Hood says he’ll make “case-by-case” decisions on whether to defend the lawsuits, warning the bill doesn’t override federal law or constitutional rights.

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5 comments

  1. beware, bigoted fools-you will pay for this with millions in tax money…shameful-not only are you the fattest and least educated state, now you are also the most bigoted

  2. Not one word about the increasingly negative reaction from outside your state about this bigoted law. The Mayor of Portland, Oregon (a very prosperous and tolerant city) is refusing to attend the commissioning of the USS Portland because he won’t set foot in Mississippi. Why don’t you report that?

    Instead of concentrating on bringing well paying jobs to Mississippi, this will further drive them away. There is a reason your state is last in almost every measure of quality of life among the 50 states. It is the refusal to even acknowledge this is the 21st century. Governor Bryant’s action in signing the bill is akin to Governor Wallace of Alabama standing in the school house door about 60 years ago. Shame!

  3. Amendment I

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

    With gay marriage, judges invented a state concept of religion, and the gays are using that as a wedge against faith. The bill is part of the people standing up and saying “No more!” We of faith said it would be a slippery slope, and sure enough, it is. Gays originally said they wanted to be left alone, but they sure are insistent now that we all don our hats and use our talents to glorify them, huh?

    • Oh my god your statement is so full of ignorance & old world thinkg. As a gay man I DONT WANT TO BE LEFF F’ING ALONE. Iwant the exact same protections that every other piece of trash trailer living wife beating/cheating idiot there gets as well. I no longer care if heterosexuals care about my lifestyle. You have a problem thats on you bud. But I will not be told no bc of who I am or where I am. Dont like the country we live in? Leave or stay in your trailer. And for the record Im fromMississippi but was smart enough to leave at 17 for out of state college & have nor would I EVER COME BACK to that “personal ignorant hell” again.

    • Your sitting up here with hatred in your heart for you fellow man and then you want to talk about faith! Please! You fake Christians are no more than wolves in sheep’s clothing. Remember that you will be judged by the almighty just like any man or woman.

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