Mississippi’s Senate approves sweeping ‘religious liberty’ bill that critics say is the worst yet for LGBT rights

by Sarah Kaplan  |  published on April 1, 2016

Mississippi’s House Bill 1523 says, among other things, that public employees, businesses and social workers cannot be punished for denying services based on the belief that marriage is strictly between a man and a woman. Same goes for people who act on the belief that “sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage” and that gender is determined at birth.

It says the government can’t prevent businesses from firing a transgender employee, clerks from refusing to license a same-sex marriage, or adoption agencies from refusing to place a child with a couple who they believe may be having premarital sex.

As of Wednesday, HB 1523 has passed Mississippi’s House and Senate.

The “Religious Liberty Accommodations Act” must return to the House to resolve differences, according to the Mississippi Business Journal. But it is expected to be approved there (it passed 80 votes to 39 in February). Then it will go to the desk of Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has championed religious liberty bills in the past.

  • Kenneth R Calfo Sr

    Amen Lets put God back in our lives GOD BLESS & HELP THE U.S.A.

  • AKLady2015

    That law will be struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.
    It is discrimination based on what is quite probably gender.
    Gentic science has identified several genes that may be related to homosexiality.

    • Harvey Thomas Creech

      Give me some facts to back up your statement that genetic(proper spelling) has identified several genes that may be related to homosexuality(proper spelling). Is this study that you mention a neutral study or financed by the Human Rights Campaign and the ACLU?

      • AKLady

        I admit to being a bad typist.
        Save your “spelling” insults for someone you can impress.

        Homosexuality has been documented in 1,405 mammalian species.
        That number included all of the primates, of which man is a member.

        There are numerious science-based studies.
        If you prefer fact to bias, you will do a search and read them.

        • Harvey Thomas Creech

          You say that there are numerous science-based studies about homosexuality. I was referring to gender being determined at birth. Are there scientific ‘studies’ that would dispute that? And if you want me to read all of the studies to which you refer, are you willing to read articles about most transgender and gender confused people suffer from a mental condition known as “gender dysphoria”? Instead of these people being coddled and given special rights and being in a protected class, why not offer them counseling? And I don’t apologize for pointing out spelling errors when there is spell check and dictionaries available, so there are no valid excuses for spelling errors in public postings.

          • AKLady

            Sorry, Harvey, homosexuality is no longer considered a mental illness.

            Infants are born with the genitalia of both sexes. Others are born with ambiguous genitalia. Causes include Pseudohermaphroditism., True hermaphroditism, Mixed gonadal dysgenesis (MGD), Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, and/or Chromosomal abnormalities.

            Lack of production of certain hormones can cause the embryo to develop with a female body type, regardless of genetic sex. Lack of testosterone cellular receptors. Even if the body makes the hormones needed to develop into a physical male, the body cannot respond to those hormones. This produces a female body type, even if the genetic sex is male.

            Why you assume that such gender errors would be limited to visible physical manifestations is totally bias, incapable of being supported by science.

          • Harvey Thomas Creech

            You have a lot of biases. Your equating homosexuality with transgenderism is not accurate. And did you know that the American Pediatric Association stated that not dealing with children’s gender confusion is a form of child abuse. I think this is the last time i am going to reply to one of your postings. Your misuse of the English language is abuse to me. I will give you a pass if a)you are dyslexic; b)never was taught phonics in school; or 3)had teachers who didn’t care about your bad spelling. Otherwise you are just lazy! Goodbye and good luck .

          • AKLady

            Nothing, whatsoever, in my post refers to transgenderism. Hermaphroditism is not a form of transgenderism.

            I do not abuse the English langiage.

  • gf

    I live in Mississippi, and this state has been the whipping boy, of the USA, for a long time. Perhaps, now the state is getting some respect. However, I fear that this is temporary. The demographics point, to a “dark” future. The human “Caucasian” race, is growing at half the rate, of the groid race. At some point, a sad point in the future, the groid race, will become the majority race. This will be the end of Mississippi. Imagine a state, not just a city, controlled by the groids. Scary, isn’t it!

    • Harvey Thomas Creech

      If by “groid’ you mean the Negroid(Negro, black, etc.)race, that is a blatant racist statement and has nothing to do with the legislation that just passed in Mississippi, which I would, on the face of it, tend to support, although I’m not sure about the last part of the bill.

  • Phil Esposito

    This is great. We need more states to follow. I’m in CA, so I know it’ll never happen here.

  • Sharpshooter

    Finally! Normal people are being heard! Maybe now this country can start to heal itself! Let the “deviants”, who have chosen to live a different life style understand that the whinny little Lettuce, Bacon, and Tomato crowd have to live under the same rules that normal people do. Can only be good!

    • AKLady2015

      Normal people?
      What exactly is a normal person?
      Try as I might, I have not found a definition for that in any science book, medical book, encyclopedia or dictionary.

  • Pam

    The only “slippery slope” I see wills bills/laws like this is:
    How will the invading horde of muslims abuse these laws?
    Remember, their “religion” allows them to lie, cheat, steal, rape, enslave, and kill “non-believers”. I can just see it now; “Officer, you canNOT arrest me! That woman is a “non-believer” so it is my “religious obligation” to rape her.” Or, “Officer, you canNOT arrest me. That man was a homosexual so it was my “religious obligation” to throw him off that ten story building.”

    • Charlie

      What a stretch , if anyone murders for any reason then prosecute to the fullest extent of our Constitutional Laws . Our nation is Not under Sharia law therefore if a Muslim did as you state the Muslim committed murder.

      • Pam

        ” Our nation is Not under Sharia law”, YET!
        And sooner or later we are going to have to fight to keep it that way.
        As to murder, maybe you should google “honor killings in the US”. It has already been done in more than one state!

  • Kent2012

    oh no…homos unite…head to Mississippi to “demonstrate”, grab some of those Ferguson “demonstrators” so the kenyan boyo’s head doj ho will call the state house and tell them “hands off” or the folks at the Mississippi capital will be surrounded by the US marshal group…

    • Charlie

      Since the homosexuals are 2% +/- of our population could just out number said demonstrations with heterosexuals . Just a thought .

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