JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - Attorney General Jim Hood released the following statement regarding Judge Carlton Reeves' ruling on HB 1523.
His statement is as followed:
Judge Carlton Reeves issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the controversial law from going into effect July 1.
"Religious freedom was one of the building blocks of this great nation, and after the nation was torn apart, the guarantee of equal protection under law was used to stitch it back together," wrote Judge Reeves in federal documents filed Thursday. "But HB 1523 does not honor that tradition of religion freedom, nor does it respect the equal dignity of all of Mississippi's citizens. It must be enjoined. The motions are granted."
House Bill 1523 would allow private businesses to refuse service to the LGBT community based off of their religious background and beliefs.