Friday, April 1, 2016

Mississippi: Anti-LGBT Law Heads To Governor's Desk

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant

Mississippi's anti-LGBT "Religious Objections" bill is on it's way to the governor's desk to be signed into law.

From WAPT News:

The Mississippi House on Friday passed a final version of a bill that allows government employees and private business people to cite religious beliefs to refuse licenses or other services for same-sex couples who want to marry. House Bill 1523 is now headed to Gov. Phil Bryant, who is expected to sign it into law.

The bill also says the state cannot punish businesses that refuse to sell goods or services to same-sex couples or religious groups that refuse to let gay or lesbian people be foster or adoptive parents.

The ACLU of Mississippi is against the bill.

“This bill allows freedom of religion to cover prejudice and to justify discrimination. Freedom of religion is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans, but that freedom does not give any of us the right to harm or mistreat others,” the ALCU said earlier this week in a written statement.

The law makes LGBT Mississippians second-class citizens who will now be open to discriminatory business practices.

County clerks can refuse to issue marriage licenses. Religious organizations, upon learning an employee is gay, will be able to legally fire the employee.

Anyone will be able to claim a "sincerely held religious belief," and then throw gays, lesbians and transgenders out of their business.


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