Governor Phil Bryant signs homophobic bill into law.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has made it official. On Tuesday, he signed into law making it legal for businesses and organizations to refuse service to LGBT people based on the institution’s religious beliefs.
This also allows businesses to sanction bathroom access, dress codes, grooming and public changing facilities.
Bryant (R) said in a press statement that signing the law is, “to protect sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations and private associations from discriminatory action by state government.”
North Carolina recently passed a law that bans transgender people from using gender-labeled restrooms of which they most identify.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released this disapproving statement about Mississippi’s new legislation.
“This is a sad day for the state of Mississippi and for the thousands of Mississippians who can now be turned away from businesses, refused marriage licenses, or denied housing, essential services and needed care based on who they are,” said Jennifer Riley-Collins, Executive Director of the ACLU. “This bill flies in the face of the basic American principles of fairness, justice and equality and will not protect anyone’s religious liberty. Far from protecting anyone from ‘government discrimination’ as the bill claims, it is an attack on the citizens of our state, and it will serve as the Magnolia State’s badge of shame.”
The ACLU is vigilant about monitoring other states which are proposing the same types of bills, imploring them to not make homophobia an accepted practice.
They are urging lawmakers to repeal, veto and revoke proposed marginalizing measures nationwide.
In an unrelated note, Mississippi only recently outlawed indentured servitude, 150 years after most states in the union.
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