Attorneys for Gov. Phil Bryant filed arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday defending a state law that lets government workers and private business people cite religious beliefs to deny services to LGBT people, according to the Associated Press.
They wrote that the law protects people from being penalized for refusing to participate in activities they consider “immoral,” such as same-sex marriage.
The law, known as HB 1523 and the “religious freedom” law, took effect last month. Multiple court challenges followed. The law protects three beliefs: marriage is only between a man and a woman, sex should only occur in such a marriage and a person’s gender is determined at birth and cannot be altered.