RELIGION

ACLU sues Mississippi over 'religious rights' law

Jennifer Riley-Collins, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, center, speaks Monday, May 9, 2016, in Jackson, Miss., about a lawsuit the group filed against the state over House Bill 1523, which will allow workers to cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage and deny services to citizens. Behind Riley-Collins are attorney Oliver Diaz, left, and plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas. Alford and Thomas, of Meridian, Miss., are engaged. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to declare that House Bill 1523 violates the equal-protection guarantee of the 14th Amendment and to block the state from enforcing the measure, which is set to become law July 1. (AP Photo/Emily Wagster Pettus)

Jennifer Riley-Collins, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, center, speaks Monday, May 9, 2016, in Jackson, Miss., about a lawsuit the group filed against the state over House Bill 1523, which will allow workers to cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage and deny services to citizens. Behind Riley-Collins are attorney Oliver Diaz, left, and plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas. Alford and Thomas, of Meridian, Miss., are engaged. The lawsuit asks a federal judge to declare that House Bill 1523 violates the equal-protection guarantee of the 14th Amendment and to block the state from enforcing the measure, which is set to become law July 1. (AP Photo/Emily Wagster Pettus)  (The Associated Press)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is suing the state over a law that will allow workers to cite their own religious objections to same-sex marriage to deny services to people.

The suit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson.

House Bill 1523 (http://bit.ly/1Mq4DyE ), passed by the Republican-majority Legislature and signed by GOP Gov. Phil Bryant, is set to become law July 1.

It was filed in response to last summer's Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.

Supporters say the law will protect people's religious belief that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Opponents say it violates the equal-protection guarantee of the Constitution.