ACLU Sues Mississippi Over LGBT Legislation
The suit was filed on behalf of an engaged gay couple who'd like to get married, but the ACLU says the legislation affects more than just marriage.By Samantha Crook | May 9, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union is standing up to legislation in Mississippi that some say discriminates against LGBT people.
The ACLU lawsuit filed Monday says Mississippi's Religious Liberty Accommodations Act discriminates against LGBT people by allowing businesses to deny services or employment based on sexual orientation. The ACLU says HB 1523 even sanctions discrimination against straight people who have sex outside marriage, but that part of the law isn't targeted in this new lawsuit.
Others say it protects people from being forced to go against their religious beliefs.