Supreme Court Allows Mississippi Law Protecting Gay Marriage Dissenters to Stand

". We are pleased that the Supreme Court declined to take up these baseless challenges, which misrepresented the law's sole objective of ensuring that Mississippians don't live in fear of losing their careers or their businesses simply for affirming marriage as a husband-wife union", stated Theriot. The state enacted its law less than a year after the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Section 377 criminalises sexual acts "against the order of nature" and has undergone many twists and turns ever since the Delhi High Court decriminalised it in 2009. Later, the Supreme Court overturned the decision in 2012.

The Supreme Court is refusing to hear challenges to a MS law that allows businesses and government employees to deny services to LGBT people based on their religious beliefs.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review two challenges to a MS law considered to be one of the most extreme anti-gay rights laws in the country.

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The lesbian gay bisexual transgender (LGBT) community has been demanding scrapping of Section 377 of the IPC, under which consensual sexual acts between members of the same sex are an offence entailing punishment up to life term. Commenting on the SC's December 2013 judgment, a three-judge bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it upholds the validity of Section 377, which clears sexual intercourse between consenting adults of the same gender is a crime that considers hurting the sexual preferences of individuals. It held that the Section 377 denied dignity to an individual and criminalised their core identity on the basis of their sexuality adding that it also violated Article 14 by targeting homosexuals as a class. "The court has to examine [the] constitutional validity in considering whether the prohibition imposed on two adults accounts for violation of their freedom at the same time legitimising may amount to encouraging immorality", party MP Majeed Memon said.

Elated over the decision, an LGBT Activist said,"We need to welcome it".

This follows the apex court's August judgment holding privacy to be a fundamental right and additionally that sexual orientation forms an essential attribute of privacy. Colorado is aiming to bolster gay rights by enforcing an anti-discrimination law, even though the Denver-area baker says he has a religious objection to same-sex marriage. "We think it appropriate to send this issue to a larger bench", they said.

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