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Judge blocks Mississippi law that would have protected anti-LGBT religious beliefs
The injunction blocked the law that was to take effect on Friday.

In Mississippi, a judge blocked a horrifically homophobic, transphobic law the day before it was going to take effect.

The “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” would have specifically protected people who believe that marriage is only between one man and one woman, that sexual relations should happen in the context of those marriages, and that gender is defined by sex assigned at birth.

If those were your religious beliefs, you would not be punished by the government if you discriminated against LGBT people, be it in employment, consumer services or even medical services. 

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves found on Thursday the wide-ranging law adopted this spring unconstitutionally discriminated against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and others who do not share the view that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Reeves issued an injunction blocking the law that was to take effect on Friday.

He agreed with opponents of the law who argued that it violated the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition on making laws that establish religion.

Good effing riddance. They aren’t even trying to pretend they care about us. 

A federal judge just blocked Mississippi’s anti-LGBT “religious freedom” law

On Thursday night, United States District Court Judge Carlton Reeves thwarted HB 1523, the Mississippi law which granted religious organizations, private businesses and some state government employees the right to deny services to the LGBTQ community based on their beliefs. Reeves killed the law in the nick of time.