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22nd of January 2018


Dismay as SCOTUS Declines to Hear LGBTQ Case -

A controversial “religious freedom” law in Mississippi will remain on the books for the foreseeable future after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a case challenging it.

January 13, 2018 by 30dB Leave a Comment

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The 2016 law gives government employees and private businesses the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people on the basis of “sincerely held” religious beliefs, which are defined in the bill as, “Marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman … sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage,” and “male (man) or female (woman) refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth.” The problem for the plaintiffs who brought the case opposing the law is that they did so before it was enacted, which they hoped would lead to it being struck down prior to it having any tangible, negative effect on LGBTQ individuals. Instead, lower courts ruled that the plaintiffs had no standing to challenge the law because it was impossible to prove its discriminatory effects before it was actually in place. SCOTUS didn’t explain its reasoning for not taking the case, though it likely used the same logic. A slew of new challenges could make their way back to the Supreme Court, and there may eventually be a decision on the constitutionality of this latest religious freedom argument. Still, Social is annoyed: Over the last 90 days, “LGBT + Supreme Court” has a 37 percent positive score. –Alex Shultz

Republished from 30dB

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