Proposed "License to Discriminate" laws
to give businesses freedom to discriminate
2014-MAR/APR: Details about
SB 2681, the
freedom bill: Reactions.
The acronym LGBT refers to the Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender community
Details of the bill, as signed into law:
The bill was sponsored by 19 state Senators. 1
The bill's summary states:
"An Act To Enact The Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act; To Provide That State Action Shall Not Substantially Burden A Person's Right To The Exercise Of Religion; To Prescribe The Contents Of The Great Seal Of The State Of Mississippi; To Provide That State Agencies Shall Continue To Use Stationery And Other Supplies Having The Great Seal As It Existed As Of July 1, 2014, Until Supplies Of Such Items Are Depleted; And For Related Purposes." 1
Some of the sections in the text of the bill:
- Section 1.1: This act shall be known and may be cited as the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
- Section 1.2c: Government should not substantially burden religious exercise without compelling justification.
- Section 1.3: The purposes of this section are as follows:
(a) To restore the compelling interest test as set forth in Sherbert v. Verner,374 U.S. 398 (1963), and Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972), and to guarantee its application in all cases where free exercise of religion is substantially burdened; and
(b) To provide a claim or defense to persons whose religious exercise is substantially burdened by government.
- Section 1.5b: Government may substantially burden a person's exercise of religion only if it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person:
(i) Is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and
(ii) Is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
- Section 1.8: Nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize any government to burden any religious belief.
- Section 5: This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2014. 2
Reactions to the passage of the bill by conservative and liberal groups:
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- "Mississippi Senate Bill 2581," LegiScan, 2014-APR-03, at: http://legiscan.com/
- "Senate Bill 2681," Text, Mississippi Legislature, 2014-APR, at: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/
- "FRC's Tony Perkins Attends Signing of Mississippi's Religious Freedom Bill, Praises Governor's Leadership," Family Research Council, 2014-APR-03, at: http://www.frc.org/
- Zack Ford, "Mississippi Scraps Discriminatory ‘Religious Freedom’ Provisions Following Backlash In Arizona," Think Progress, 2014-FEB-27, at: http://thinkprogress.org/
Copyright © 2014 to 2016 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally posted: 2014-MAR-07
Latest update: 2016-NOV-03
Author: B.A. Robinson