The Nationalist Congress Party, however, urged the court to consider the "sentimental and religious" impact of any landmark decision. "Because of that, we are pleased that the Supreme Court declined to take up these baseless challenges, which misrepresented the law's sole goal 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".
"Everybody has equal right to live life the way they want", Dev said. For more than half the countries in the world that have such a sodomy law, British colonialism was the origin, and nearly 70 percent of those British sodomy laws are still in effect.
"We will keep fighting in MS until we overturn this harmful law, and in any state where anti-gay legislators pass laws to roll back LGBT civil rights", said Beth Littrell of Lambda Legal, a public interest law practice representing the plaintiffs.
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"We're ready to sue again when plaintiffs tell us about the harm", the lawyer adds.
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Opponents argue that the law confers a kind of special status on people with any of these three beliefs.
Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit organization that is part of the legal team representing Gov. Phil Bryant in the cases, argued that the MS law had been misinterpreted.
It could also impact bathroom policies for transgender people.
Not all of these provisions are a change in Mississippi. "For instance, business owners in MS can already refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple without breaking the law".
"The law.was responsible for recent bad news for the Southern Miss baseball team". For his part, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order past year banning non-essential state travel to Mississippi. Some high-profile Bollywood films have dealt with gay issues. The Masterpiece Cakeshop case is centered on whether a baker morally opposed to same-sex marriage can decline to make cakes for same-sex weddings.
A decision in that case is expected in June.