Religious leaders object to religious objections law

Several Methodist leaders are objecting to Mississippi's new religious-objections law, saying it violates their religious principles.

More than 30 Methodist ministers published an open letter Monday saying the so-called "religious freedom" law goes against Christian teachings to love and respect all people. The ministers say they support fundamental rights for all and that the measure singles out the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community for discrimination.

The ministers from around the state and nation say they were inspired by 28 Methodist ministers who spoke out against racism in the 1960s struggle against segregation. That group had published a "Born of Conviction" statement that racism violated their religious teachings.

The new law allows religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people. Critics call it discriminatory.