Tuesday, October 3, 2017
From the New Civil Rights Movement:
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has turned down a request to allow the full court to review a Mississippi state law that will allow nearly anyone – including individuals, businesses, and even government officials – to claim their "sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction" mandates they refuse to serve LGBT people, same-sex couples, anyone who has had sex out of the bonds of man-woman marriage, or an abortion. It also bars the state from taking action against anyone who discriminated based on their religious belief that that "male" and "female" refer to someone's "immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth."
A three-judge panel on Friday rejected the Campaign for Southern Equality's request for an en banc hearing, by the full Fifth Circuit. The LGBT rights organization says they are appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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