A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals this week lifted a lower tribunal injunction that had stopped the implementation of what many legal observers and LGBTQ activists view as the worst, most dangerous legislative attack on LGBTQ people yet.
The law allowsfor businesses and government employees to decline service to LGBT people, and that including bakers, florists, county clerks and even someone working at the department of motor vehicles. It allows for discrimination in housing and employment to same-sex couples or any individual within a same-sex couple. Businesses and government, under the law, can govern where transgender people go to the bathroom. The statute lets mental health professionals and doctors, nurses and clinics to turn away LGBT people. It also allows state-funded adoption agencies to turn away LGBT couples.
The law could have a wide impact beyond LGBTQ people as well, allowing for broad discrimination against many people. According to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, under the law: