A couple days ago, Mississippi passed a statewide religious freedom act that has many friends and members of the LGBT community up in arms. Popular daytime television host Ellen Degeneres has openly condemned the law calling it, “the definition of discrimination.” The new law will allow private businesses to refuse services to LGBT people. The services included would be wedding venues, counseling, medical services, adoption, florists, DJs, and more. The controversy is whether or not this is protected by the Constitution’s freedom of religion, or if it has overstepped its boundaries and impedes on someone else’s rights. At the state level, these kinds of laws are still able to be passed. However, laws opposite of the one passed in Mississippi can also be passed, and they have been. Many different states have laws of their own expressly prohibiting the things mentioned in the law passed in Mississippi. Laws such as these usually vary depending on which kind of state it is. When looking at a very southern conservative state like Mississippi, this law reflect the deep religious beliefs of the majority of the population while discriminating against the LGBT community in the minority population, and this is a common problem in a democratic system. Eventually, every single state is going to have to deal with decisions similar to this one in Mississippi. This opens up a grey area of law that many lawyers, judges, and lawmakers have been debating for the longest time; where do my rights end and where do your rights begin? As Americans, we know that our rights end where another’s begin. Many of us learned about this when we asked our social studies teacher about why you can’t say anything you want with reference to the 1st Amendment. Figuring out the grey area in between citizens’ rights is tough, but it has to be done, and not everyone will like the persons judgement no matter which side they favor. It’s in the hands of US lawmakers to decide for now and in the future, and all we can do is watch and see how they decide, and those that disagree will take action. Either way, it’s all in the perception of every individual. What do you believe? Leave a comment and share with a friend!