Yay Judge Carlton Reeves!
Friday, Judge Reeves ruled unconstitional the Mississippi law that allowed for religious objections to same sex marriage. The law protected the beliefs that marriage is only between a man and a woman, sex should only take place in a hetero marriage, and gender is determined at birth. It allowed clerks and others to refuse to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples if the clerk believed it violated their religious beliefs, and would allow stores and businesses to refuse business to LGBT customers. Judge Reeves ruled that it violated the equal protection clause of the US Constitution.
Thank you Judge Reeves! A thousand times, thank you!
This was a really, really bad law. Imagine a situation where we start letting people choose which laws they want to follow based only on their religious beliefs. First of all, how do you prove what a person truly believes? What’s to keep a racist who refuses service to someone based on race from just saying it was their religious belief? Got a speeding ticket? No problem, just say your strongly held religious beliefs don’t allow for speed limits. Like the neighbors new Porsce? If it’s your religious belief that nobody has a right to personal possessions then you can just drive off with it for a while. After all, who is to say your religious beliefs don’t include others having to share with you?
People who write these laws think it’s great, that it allows only the discrimination that they like to happen. We don’t work that way. Allow someone to ignore laws because of their religious beliefs and someone else will want to ignore a different law. Then another. Pretty soon we’re either a country with no laws, or a country whose law only matches the religion practiced by the majority. It’s a bad situation, and the founders of our country knew it when they wrote the Constitution.