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Mississippians react to SCOTUS ruling on Colorado's same-sex wedding cake case

The bigger issue of whether a business can refuse to serve a member of the LGBT community was left unresolved Monday's Supreme Court ruling and Mississippians have been watching the rulings closely. Source: WLBT The bigger issue of whether a business can refuse to serve a member of the LGBT community was left unresolved Monday's Supreme Court ruling and Mississippians have been watching the rulings closely. Source: WLBT
The question of whether someone can refuse service based on a religious belief isn't a new one in Mississippi. Source: WLBT The question of whether someone can refuse service based on a religious belief isn't a new one in Mississippi. Source: WLBT
Pastor Jesse Horton thinks Christians are losing those rights by the day. Source: WLBT Pastor Jesse Horton thinks Christians are losing those rights by the day. Source: WLBT
The Human Rights Campaign says there was a silver lining in the latest ruling. They're assuring the community, the fight's not over. Source: WLBT The Human Rights Campaign says there was a silver lining in the latest ruling. They're assuring the community, the fight's not over. Source: WLBT
The Supreme Court ruled Monday for a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Source: WLBT The Supreme Court ruled Monday for a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The bigger issue of whether a business can refuse to serve a member of the LGBT community was left unresolved Monday's Supreme Court ruling and Mississippians have been watching the rulings closely.

RELATED: Justices side with Colorado baker on same-sex wedding cake

That's because questions of religious freedoms continue to be a hot button issue in the state.

The question of whether someone can refuse service based on a religious belief isn't a new one in Mississippi. Two state laws have been passed since 2014 that target the idea of protecting religious freedoms.

READ MORE: Religious Accommodations Act gains national attention

Both were met with push back.

Rev. Brandiilyne Mangum-Dear was a plaintiff in one of the lawsuits challenging the Religious Accommodations law. The ruling in favor of the Colorado baker wasn't what she'd hoped to see.

"It's disheartening to our community for sure," said Mangum-Dear.

While she knows the case was narrow in its focus, she says the LGBT community needed another win.

"I'm not surprised, but I'm disappointed," she added. "I feel like it takes us back. It seems like we move forward and then we get knocked back."

This debate continues to be fueled for the same reasons on both sides -- no one wants their beliefs or rights put at risk.

"These are choices you made," said Pastor Jesse Horton of Emmanuel M.B. Church. "These are choices you have to live with. If I don't want to serve you, I have the right."

Pastor Jesse Horton thinks Christians are losing those rights by the day.

"What I'm hearing now is that the gay community is fighting for their rights and at the same time taking my rights," noted Horton.

The Human Rights Campaign says there was a silver lining in the latest ruling.

"They asserted that LGBTQ people deserve to be treated equally throughout the country," explained Rob Hill, HRC Mississippi State Director.

They're assuring the community, the fight's not over.

"It does not in any way weaken or alter our efforts to pass the equality act and to do anything we can on the statewide and local level to make sure that everybody has the same right to live freely in this country," added Hill.

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