Mississippi’s anti-LGBTQ law to take effect following circuit court decision

In a disappointing setback to LGBTQ Mississippians, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has declined to rehear a case challenging the wide-ranging anti-LGBTQ bill in the state of Mississippi.

via Family Equality Council

Mississippi HB 1523 grants a license to discriminate against LGBTQ residents and places children in danger.

Mississippi HB 1523 includes protections for three religious beliefs:

  • Marriage should be recognized as a union between one man and one woman;
  • sexual relations are reserved for those marriages; and
  • a person’s gender refers to his or her biological sex assigned at birth.

The sweeping bill authorizes Mississippi officials and service providers, such as doctors and store owners — and, unfortunately for children, child welfare agencies including foster and adoption service providers — to recuse themselves from serving LGBTQ individuals and families on the basis of these beliefs.