With Denial of Rehearing, Nation’s Most Anti-LGBTQ Law Set to Take Effect Friday in Mississippi

By Adam Polaski • October 2, 2017 • 9:58 am

Late on Friday, September 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit denied a request from legal teams representing the LGBTQ community in Mississippi to rehear a challenge to the terrible anti-LGBTQ law HB1523.

The full Fifth Circuit’s decision to allow a three-judge panel’s ruling to stand – the panel ruled that the plaintiffs do not have legal standing to challenge the law – means that the nation’s most sweeping anti-LGBTQ law is scheduled to take effect across Mississippi on October 6, 2017.

The case is Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant III and Barber v. Bryant.

The Campaign for Southern Equality reports:

HB1523 authorizes Mississippi officials and service providers, such as doctors and store owners, to refuse services to LGBTQ individuals on the basis of three specific, anti-LGBTQ religious beliefs related to marriage, gender identity and sex outside of marriage. This reckless law discriminates against and targets the LGBTQ community. This is hard news, but we are prepared for what comes next.

The Campaign for Southern Equality has set up a hotline (828.242.1559) and email ([email protected]) where Mississippians should report any discrimination they experience because of the law taking effect.

Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, told reporters:

“HB 1523 is a reckless law that discriminates against and hurts the LGBT community. We have fought this from day one and will continue to do so with every tool available to us.”

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