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Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act

This law was last updated on Dec 12, 2016


State

Mississippi

Number

SB 2681

Status

Current

Proposed

Jan 20, 2014

Topics

LGBTQ, Religious Freedom, RFRA

Full Bill Text

billstatus.ls.state.ms.us

SB 2681 prohibits the government from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest, and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

A person whose religious exercise has been burdened in violation of this provision may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding and obtain appropriate relief against the government.

The amendment does not allow religious freedom to be raised as a defense in lawsuits between private citizens and therefore tracks the federal RFRA.

 


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