We Don’t Serve Your Kind in Mississippi

Not in Mississippi.

The SCOTUS has refused to take up Mississippi’s heinous We Don’t Serve Your Kind law (HB 1523), which “allows businesses and government officials to deny services to LGBT people if doing so would conflict with certain “sincerely held” religious beliefs.”

So by rejecting the case, the SCOTUS leaves in place a federal appeals court decision that allowed the law to take effect.

The law will allow anyone to deny services of any sort—from medical care (including pharmacies) to housing and employment—to LGBTQ people. But there is a quirky legalistic aspect to this SCOTUS ruling:

The federal appeals court did not rule last year on the constitutionality of the law, known as HB 1523; it ruled that the plaintiffs did not have standing to challenge the law. The decision was about two similar lawsuits against HB 1523 – Barber v. Bryantand Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant – both of which the Supreme Court said Monday that it would not take up.

And Lambda Legal clarifies:

“We had challenged [the law] before it went into effect … before people were hurt and turned away and left without all the access to health care and government services that everyone else has,” says Beth Littrell, a lawyer for Lambda Legal, a legal organization that advocates for LGBT people.

In short, because no one had yet been rejected from having services, no one had been hurt, and therefore no one had standing to challenge the law. It seems perverse that someone has to be thrown out of an Emergency Room or denied a Public Defender, or have the fire department not put out your house fire before they have cause to say that the potential to be harmed matters, but that’s where we are.

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6 Responses to We Don’t Serve Your Kind in Mississippi

  1. Nangleator says:

    Why the special status for the LGBT demographic? If such a cruel law exists, then why wouldn’t it apply to straight people? trump voters? Judges?

    If you don’t have the right to deny service to, say, 11-year-olds, then you’ve set LGBT people as unique among humans.

    In which case… REGULAR courts and laws should have no authority over the LGBT community, at all. We need LGBT courts and police and government of the United States.

    Or, I suppose… we could treat people as though they are people.


  2. w3ski4me says:

    Ah, once again the “Virtuous People” of Mississippi show us their true face. They want the law to protect them from “icky” people? The same people that their “worshiped” Savior came especially for. It makes me wonder how such open hypocrisy is totally unseen by the masses.
    Self awareness should be taught in First grade.


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