ACLU sues Mississippi over ‘religious rights’ law

A small Human Rights Campaign equality banner flies on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion in Jackson, Miss., as several hundred people rally outside the building and called on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant to veto House Bill 1523, which many believe will allow discrimination against LGBT people, Monday, April 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is suing the state over a law that will allow workers to cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to people.

The suit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

House Bill 1523, passed by the Republican-majority Legislature and signed by GOP Gov. Phil Bryant, is set to become law July 1.

It was filed in response to last summer’s Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Supporters say the law will protect people’s religious belief that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Opponents say it violates the equal-protection guarantee of the Constitution.

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