The advocates who spoke to Rewire expressed concern that should SB 4 be instated on September 1, it would only be a matter of time before lawmakers in other states pass similar laws.
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“This decision is not only deeply upsetting for the rights of LGBT individuals living in Mississippi, but also for the protection of religious liberty in our country,” Roberta Kaplan, lead counsel for the plaintiffs, said in a statement.
"If we are not willing to push beyond that comfort zone, then we are not going to see the transformation that all of us are fighting for.”
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For years, federal courts have refused to expand Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination to include sexual orientation, instead relying on discrimination on the basis of gender stereotyping to sometimes rule in favor of LGBTQ plaintiffs.
“People living at the intersections ultimately are the ones who suffer under this bill, although again, I think we can’t forget that they’re coming for you if you have private coverage too."