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July 5, 2016

July 5, 2016 | News Releases on

Striking Down Mississippi's Religious Freedom Law Another Example of Judicial Activism

Following reports that a U.S. district judge struck down Mississippi's Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, the Heritage Foundation's Roger Severino says the decision is prime example of judicial activism and overreach by an Obama appointee with a record of hostility to the historic definition of marriage.

It is appropriate and necessary for Mississippi to protect its citizens from government discrimination for living their lives consistent with their moral and religious beliefs," Severino says, adding, "This law doesn't take away anyone's ability to enter a legally recognized same-sex marriage or live as they like. It only protects people and institutions to live according to reasonable and honorable views about marriage and sexual identity without facing government discrimination."

"Thankfully, the appellate court will be given the chance to reverse this awful decision and restore the power to the people to govern themselves," Severino adds.

For more information on this issue, check out http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2015/11/sexual-orientation-and-gender-identity-sogi-laws-threaten-freedom.

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