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A federal district court struck down a Mississippi law affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
Human resource professionals, and particularly benefits administrators, have faced an evolution over recent years concerning the expansion of job protections and benefits to employees who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.While the interpretation of federal law has seen an expansion of such rights, several states have introduced laws that seek to narrow its reach. A federal district court in Mississippi struck down a religion-based law that highlighted the ongoing tension between federal and some state laws.At issue was H.B. 1523, the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, which granted special rights to citizens of Mississippi who held certain beliefs. It applied to citizens who had one of three "sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions" that reflected disapproval of lesbian, gay, transgender or unmarried persons. The act gave special protection to citizens who believed that:
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