Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Funny Or Die: Mississippi Anti-Gay Tourism Ad

Mississippi's new anti-LGBT legislation is not winning friends across the country.

Here's just the beginning of the aftermath of Mississippi’s House Bill 1523 which now allows public and private businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on the employers’ religious beliefs.

From Washington state's Spokesman-Review:

Washington employees were banned from most government-related travel to Mississippi because of that state’s new law allowing businesses owners to refuse service to gay, lesbian and transgender customers for religious reasons.

Gov. Jay Inslee issued the ban on non-essential travel Tuesday afternoon, saying Washington has strong laws against discrimination that covers sexual orientation and identity, and its citizens traveling to Mississippi for work might be discriminated against.

And up in Vermont (via the AP):

The state of Vermont is banning for now official travel to Mississippi because of that state’s passage of a law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples. In a Tuesday message to top state officials Vermont Administration Secretary Justin Johnson said the action was a response to Mississippi’s new law.

Earlier Tuesday Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin invited PayPal to bring 400 jobs to Vermont after the company said it was backing out of a move to North Carolina because of a new law in that state that restricts protections for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people. Last week Shumlin banned all non-essential state travel to North Carolina to protest the law.

And New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order:

Funny Or Die quickly delivered this bit of satire, which would be more funny is it weren't so close to the truth.

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