The Supreme Court ruled that in Mississippi, owners of shops, restaurants and other companies and organizations may refuse to provide services to the LGBT community in reference to religious beliefs.
This law was adopted in October last year. Petitions to the Supreme Court were filed several hours after the entry into force, and now the result is known.
If we go into more detail, the Mississippi law allows the authorities to invoke religious beliefs to deny same-sex couples permission to marry and protect entrepreneurs who do not serve members of sexual minorities. This clause affects the adoption procedure and issues related to doing business.
Mississippi is one of 28 states where there is no law prohibiting businesses from discriminating against people based on sexual orientation. Members of the Mississippi LGBT community openly state that the new law violates civil rights. They believe that the actions of the authorities are a transparent attempt to undermine the principles of equality, including against the representatives of the LGBT community. The lawyers of the plaintiffs say that by adopting a controversial bill, officials are trying to replace the state’s policy with certain religious beliefs.
The Supreme Court’s decision on the Mississippi will show how the baker’s deal with the wedding cake will be resolved for a same-sex couple in Colorado. Colorado, unlike the Mississippi, is one of the 22 states that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Therefore, in 2012, the authorities intervened, ruling that the baker should make wedding cakes for everyone. The court’s decision on whether the state of Colorado can force the pastry cooker to make a wedding cake for the ceremony, against which he morally objects, is expected from the US Supreme Court no later than June. However, it is now clear that he can quite put religious rights above the civil ones.
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