The nation’s most sweeping anti-LGBT law has gone into effect across Mississippi. HB 1523 is part of a wave of so-called religious exemption laws that are a backlash to the legalization of marriage equality. But even among its peers, HB 1523 stands out as extreme. This law allows public employees, service providers and business owners to cite personal religious beliefs in order to justify discriminating against LGBT people. Mississippi officials and service providers, such as doctors and store owners, may recuse themselves from serving LGBT individuals on the basis of three specific religious beliefs about gay marriage, transgender individuals, and sex before marriage.
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