MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - Lt. Governor Tate Reeves has issued a statement of appreciation to The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after their ruling on House Bill 1523.
The court reversed a judge's decision on Thursday that had blocked the law before it could take effect last July, according to the Associated Press.
Mississippi can now start enforcing the law.
Lt. Governor Reeves issued the following statement regarding the ruling:
HB1523, also known as the Religious Accommodation Act, will let business owners and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.
Opponents of the bill said, for example, that the law would allow a wedding caterer to refuse service to a gay couple, based on their religious beliefs, or a circuit clerk could deny that same couple a marriage license, circumventing Federal law.
Gay and straight plaintiffs who sued the state said the law gives "special protections to one side" in a religious debate, according to the Associate Press.
The law drew national criticism when first proposed.
Many writers and film industry workers vowed to not work in the state because of the law.
Former President Barack Obama also called the law, "wrong."