U.S. Supreme Court asked to block new Mississippi law

Published: Oct. 10, 2017 at 2:32 PM CDT
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Advocates of same-sex marriage are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a new religious objections law in Mississippi. It accommodates government workers and businesses to refuse some services to people based on their own religious beliefs.

An appeal to the Supreme Court was filed within hours of the law taking effect Tuesday. Legal experts say it's the broadest religious-objections law enacted by any state since a ruling by the nation's high court effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in 2015.

The law had been on hold amid court challenges. It protects three beliefs: that marriage is only between a man and a woman, sex should only take place in such a marriage, and a person's gender is determined at birth and cannot be altered.