Wednesday, April 05, 2017

5th Circuit Hears Arguments On Mississippi's Conscience Protection Law

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday heard oral arguments (audio of full arguments) in Barber v. Bryant.  In the case, a Mississippi federal district court issued a preliminary injunction against enforcement of Mississippi House Bill 1523, the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act.  The law protects a wide variety of conduct, or refusals to provide goods and service, based on a religious or moral belief that: (1) marriage is a union of one man and one woman; (2) sexual relations should be reserved to heterosexual marriage; and (3) gender is an immutable characteristic determined by anatomy and genetics at the time of birth. (See prior posting.)  Buzzfeed has extensive coverage of the oral arguments.