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