WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a legal battle over a Mississippi law that allows state employees and private businesses to deny services to LGBT people based on religious objections. Signed into law in 2016 in response to the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling, it allows county clerks to avoid issuing marriage licenses to gay couples and protects businesses from lawsuits if they refuse to serve LGBT customers…. Sponsors of the law said they wanted to protect those who believe that marriage can exist only between a man and a woman and that a person’s gender is determined at birth. A conservative law firm that helped defend the law praised the Supreme Court for refusing to take up the challenge. “Good laws like Mississippi’s protect freedom and harm no one,” said Kevin Theriot of Alliance Defending Freedom.
I’ve been fascinated by the truth that many red states are ALL about freedom, liberty, and firmly held religious convictions. That’s IF those in question are Conservatives who believe their morality is the One, True, and ONLY standard by which behavior should be measured.
The idea that here in America in the 21st century someone may discriminate against another human being solely on the basis of who and how they love is beyond offensive.
The argument that “Good laws like Mississippi’s protect freedom and harm no one” is both patently absurd and horribly arrogant- unless you believe that
A) “Good laws” are those which allow for you to treat your beliefs as primary as you ignore the truth that others may not share your narrow morality,
B) “Freedom” means only your right to discriminate against those whose lifestyles, sexuality, religious beliefs, and/ro politics offend you, and/or
C) By “harm no one,” you mean “no one who actually matters…and no LGBTQ person matters like us good, God-fearing, heterosexual patriots.”
If you “believe that marriage can exist only between a man and a woman,” then good on you. There’s a simple and easy solution available to you: Don’t fall in love with and marry someone with the same physical accoutrements you have. That’s your right in a free society…but taking away the rights of LGBTQ people to live their lives as they choose without facing discrimination is as immoral and wrong as it is unChristian.
You’re certainly free to believe “that a person’s gender is determined at birth,” but that doesn’t mean you’re irrefutably correct. In fact, there’s a growing body of evidence to suggest that such a viewpoint is both wrong and astonishingly disrespectful.
No one, regardless of how holier-than-thou they may be, should have the right to pass judgment on how another person chooses to live their life. The choice of who and/or how one loves is an intensely personal and private decision, one which shouldn’t be subjected to anyone else’s approval. You don’t have to agree with same-sex relationships, and the idea of gay sex may leave your all ookie inside…but that’s your problem. It certainly doesn’t justify treating a person as a second-class citizen simply because they don’t live and love as you do.
This seems an excellent time to advocate for boycotting Mississippi until such time as the Magnolia State’s chapter of the American Taliban extricates their anteriors from their posteriors. No state which legalizes bigotry and discrimination is a place worthy of being patronized by those who believe love is love and that equality should be the baseline. It’s not a gift to a minority class from the American Taliban.
Love is love. People are people. No one should be able to determine which flavors of love are “acceptable.”