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SPLC: New Mississippi law allows discrimination against LGBT people

Today, HB 1523 went into effect in Mississippi. The law allows business owners and government workers to refuse service to LGBT people based on their religious beliefs. 

Despite the U.S. Attorney General’s memo last week inviting government agencies across the country to discriminate against LGBT people based on religion, religious freedom does not give us the right to treat others unfairly or impose our beliefs on them. 

However, this law does just that — it purposely targets LGBT Mississippians and puts them at risk of unequal treatment.