JACKSON, MISS– U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves denied the motion to let the Religious Liberties Accommodation Act, known as HB 1523, take effect while it was still in the appeals process.
According to court documents, the motion to block the law from from enactment “results in no injury to the State or its citizens.”
Governor Phil Bryant said he will continue to fight for the law.
“We look forward to vigorously making our case to the Court of Appeals,” Gov. Bryant said.
Governor Bryant appealed the block against HB 1523 and requested that it be allowed to go into effect in early July. While Governor Bryant promised an appeal when the law was blocked June 30, Attorney General Jim Hood stated that he was not going to pursue an appeal, and that doing so would only further tarnish the reputation of the state.
The law was blocked on June 30, just hours before it would have gone into effect.