Mississippi is cemented in their core values, no matter how offensive they may be to certain demographics. The state has recently passed a law that permits people to deny services to gay people.
Governor Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523, a law which allows private business owners and religious groups to say no to gay individuals who seek their assistance, including if their requests do not go hand in hand with their religious beliefs, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday (April 5).
Gov. Bryant issued a statement on Twitter, stating the bill’s only intent is to protect religious freedom. “This bill merely reinforces the rights which currently exist to the exercise of religious freedom as stated in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” he stated.
I have signed House Bill 1523. Full statement: pic.twitter.com/00DbgQADFt
— Phil Bryant (@PhilBryantMS) April 5, 2016
Unfortunately, amid the recent strides the LGBT community has made in regards to marriage equality, more work needs to be done. Who could forget the infamous Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, who denied marriage licenses to same-sex couples in spite of the national law.
Georgia also had passed an anti-gay bill, which was then vetoed due to threats from companies like Disney and Marvel to stop filming in the state if the bill remained.
“Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,” the company said in a statement.
We’ll just have to wait and see if Mississippi’s recent bill will get vetoed as well. Thoughts?