Video: Proposed State House Bill Would Protect People Acting on Religious Beliefs

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JACKSON, Miss. (WCBI) – A bill that protects people who act on religious beliefs is advancing in the Mississippi Legislature.

Under House Bill 1523 government clerks can refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples and businesses can refuse services for same-sex weddings.

The legislation also specifies people can’t be punished for acting on beliefs that only married people should have sexual relations and that a person’s gender identity is set at birth.

Representatives voted 80 to 39 on the bill.

Republican Representatives say the bill doesn’t undo the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

Democratic representatives say the bill ignores the human rights of gay and transgender residents.

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