US Supreme Court will let Mississippi discriminatory law move forward

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The US Supreme Court has declined to hear a case about Mississippi’s anti-LGBT law letting it stand. The Republican-dominated state recently passed a law that allowed to excuse discrimination against LGBT people with religion. Despite protests from LGBT rights groups, the sweeping law was signed by the state’s Governor Phil Bryant, and was signed into law in autumn.The SCOTUS declined to review that decision, essentially allowing the law to move forward. The US Supreme Court only takes up a fraction of cases put before it, but avoiding an intervention in a particular case is rather concerning. The law’s passage comes despite research from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) which showed that a majority of Americans stood against excusing discrimination with religious beliefs. Despite being advertised as a ‘religious freedom’ measure, there is not a single religious group in which a majority supports allowing small business owners to deny LGBT customers in service.

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