Yesterday in Mississippi, the law known as HB 1523, titled "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act " , took effect. HB 1523 takes the Christian beliefs regarding marriage and gender and elevates them to law, protecting those that discriminate against others based on these “sincerely held religious beliefs” from penalty. Due to the 5th Circuit of Appeals Court’s ruling that standing was not shown, this law was allowed to take effect.
HB 1523 makes the following beliefs state law:
1) Marriage is, or should be recognized, as the union of one man and one woman;
2) Sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage; and
3) Male (man) or female (woman) refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at the time of birth.
If you, or anyone you know, suffers discrimination as a result of this blatantly unconstitutional Mississippi state law, please don’t suffer it in silence.
If you are discriminated against under the guise of HB 1523, and are willing to file suit, contact us, or any other organization, such as the American Humanist Association, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
There are organizations willing to help fight this battle against religious discrimination in Mississippi. Unless the Supreme Court offers relief from this bill, HB 1523 will need to be challenged in court in order to correct this unconstitutional sponsorship and protection of a preferred religion by the state of Mississippi.
The Mississippi Humanist Association stands with our fellow Mississippians against discrimination, and believes that the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment Establishment Clause should be respected.
For more information about HB 1523 click here.
For the text of Mississippi HB 1523, the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act", click here.