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Mississippi Bill Clarifying the State RFRA (SB 2822)

This law was last updated on Sep 29, 2016


State

Mississippi

Number

SB 2822

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Feb 8, 2016

Topics

LGBTQ, Religious Freedom

Full Bill Text

billstatus.ls.state.ms.us

SB 2822 would amend the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act to clarify that religious organizations, religious based adoption or foster agencies, and foster and adoptive parents could refuse equal treatment to members of the LGBT community.

The current RFRA law in Mississippi states that the government may not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.

This bill would define “person” to mean and include any:

  • Natural person in his or her individual capacity, regardless of religious affiliation;
  • Natural person in his or her capacity as a religious leader, clergy or minister;
  • Artificial person, including, but not limited to, a religious organization, religious-based foster or adoptive agency or private entity; and
  • Foster or adoptive parent.

The bill would protect a religious person’s provision of or refusal to conduct matrimonial, formation, celebration or recognition of any marriage based upon or in a manner consistent with the person’s sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.

The First Amendment already covers the right of religious organizations to refuse to perform marriages that conflict with their religious beliefs.

The bill would protect an individual’s or private entity’s provision of or refusal to provide marriage-related goods or services of any nature based upon or in a manner consistent with the individual’s or entity’s sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.

The bill would protect a religious-based foster or adoptive agency’s provision of or the refusal to provide adoption or foster-care services or the instruction or raising of a child or children based upon or in a manner consistent with the agency’s sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.

The bill would protect foster and adoptive parents’ instruction or raising of a child or children based upon or in a manner consistent with the parents’ sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction.


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