The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case that concerns a law in Mississippi that legally allows businesses to deny services to LGBT people. The case, Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant, concerns the law Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act. In it, religious leaders and local clerks can deny marriage licenses to gay couples on the basis of religious beliefs.
A US judge has already struck down the law in 2016 for violating the First and 14th Amendments. It then went to the US Circuit Court of Appeals where it reversed an injunction blocking the law from going into effect.
A conservative law firm, Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement: “We are pleased that the Supreme Court declined to take up these baseless challenges, which misrepresented the law’s sole purpose of ensuring that Mississippians don’t live in fear of losing their careers or their businesses simply for affirming marriage as a husband-wife union,” said Kevin Theriot, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom. “Those who haven’t been and won’t be harmed by this law shouldn’t be allowed to restrict freedom for others by ensuring dissenters are left open to the government discrimination that has already occurred in states without protective laws like this one.”
Sadly, we are too familiar with similar laws that will ultimately lead to major discrimination against LGBT people.