ACLU Seeking Overturn of Mississippi Religious Freedom Law

Last month, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed into law the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act (HB 1523), which prevents that state government from taking discriminatory actions against its citizens because of their sincerely-held religious beliefs and moral convictions.  After signing the bill, Gov. Bryant noted that it “merely reinforces the rights which currently exist to the exercise of religious freedom as stated in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”  Likewise, NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson applauded “this shield against potential government attacks on people of faith for their beliefs in marriage and the very basic concept of a male and a female gender in our society.”

However, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is now attacking the law in federal court. Calling it a “sweeping anti-LGBT and unconstitutional law,” ACLU Staff Attorney Josh Block said, “We won’t rest until every last piece of this law is struck down and all LGBT people in Mississippi have equal justice under the law.”

Governor Bryant countered by criticizing the ACLU for “trying to use the federal court system to push its liberal agenda.” He added, “Instead of cherry-picking causes popular with the radical left, the ACLU should allocate its resources defending all civil liberties.”

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: May 13, 2016


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