Some say Mississippi law may be unconstitutional

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Some Mississippians say a new law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people is needed protection for Christians who adhere to traditional views of marriage and gender roles.

But others say Gov. Phil Bryant’s decision Tuesday to sign the bill amounts to discrimination, even if they find same-sex marriage morally offensive.

The reactions came Wednesday as some law professors questioned whether the new state law will withstand legal scrutiny, saying parts of it may violate the First Amendment by favoring particular religious beliefs. They warn other parts of the law may violate the 14th Amendment’s requirement for equal protection under the law.

Supporters of the law say they’re confident the protections will stand up to challenges.

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