Mississippi religious liberty law challenged

By Tom Strode - Posted at Baptist Press:

WASHINGTON (BP) -- Mississippi is now headed to federal court over its effort to protect the religious freedom of individuals who object to same-sex marriage and restroom use based on gender identity.

Two organizations -- the American Civil Liberties Union and the Campaign for Southern Equality -- challenged the state's Protecting Freedom of Conscience From Government Discrimination Act May 9 and 10, respectively.

Filing its suit on behalf of a same-sex couple, the ACLU described Mississippi's new law as unconstitutionally discriminatory and asked a federal judge to block enforcement of the measure before it takes effect July 1.