The Supreme Court says it will not take up a challenge to a Mississippi law that allows businesses and government officials to deny services to LGBT people if doing so would conflict with certain "sincerely held" religious beliefs.
By rejecting the cases, the top court leaves in place a federal appeals court decision that allowed the 2016 law to take effect. It came into force in October.
"We had challenged it before it went into effect ... before people were hurt and turned away and left without all the access to health care and government services that everyone else has," says Beth Littrell, a lawyer for Lambda Legal, a legal organization that advocates for LGBT people.
Some religious conservatives are celebrating the Supreme Court's decision regarding the law, which was strongly supported by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.