Former Obama administration U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. is returning to the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time since leaving government last year, advocating on behalf of the challengers to a Mississippi law that allows religious objectors to refuse services to gay, lesbian and transgender individuals.

Mississippi law HB 1523, considered one of the most extreme in the nation, specifically protects three religious beliefs: marriage only between a man and woman; sexual relations confined only to marriage; and sex as an innate, immutable characteristic assigned at birth.

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