Copyright 2019 by National Conference of State Legislatures. This bill flies in the face of the basic American principles of fairness, justice and equality and will not protect anyone's religious liberty.
Repeals conflicting laws.
Authorizes certain relief. The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi's executive director, Jennifer Riley-Collins, said in a statement, "This is a sad day for the state of Mississippi and for the thousands of Mississippians who can now be turned away from businesses, refused marriage licenses, or denied housing, essential services and needed care based on who they are.
April 5, 2016 12: Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. Enacted Legislation is in bold. Defines protected activities, protected activity provider, protected rights place of public accommodation, resort, or amusement, and standard goods or services. Even without such a law, it is already legal in Mississippi — as in most states in the country — to discriminate against LGBT people in providing employment, housing and public accommodation.
The law is not a broad religious-protections law, such as many recent controversial state laws. Provides for related matters. In North Carolina, another controversial measure — mandating that all bathrooms at state facilities be separated by sex as assigned at birth, prohibiting local governments from creating their own anti-discrimination ordinances and also blocking cities and counties from raising their minimum wages — was introduced, passed and signed into law over the course of a single day last month.
Relates to the Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act. Authorizes certain action. Provides an effective date. Prohibits any statute, regulation, ordinance, order, judgment, of other law or action by any court, commission, or other public agency from impairing, impeding, infringing upon, or otherwise restricting the exercise of protected rights by any protected activity provider. Reaffirms that the religious rights asserted in a specified section of the Code are the natural and unalienable rights of mankind, and this declaration is the policy of the Commonwealth.