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Chefs Host Big Gay Mississippi Welcome Table in Protest

NEW YORK — For the last 35 years there has been a big picnic in Central Park, celebrating Mississippi culture in New York City. This year chefs are protesting.That is because are not happy with Mississippi’s Religious Freedom Act, the law critics believe may be discriminatory toward gays and other groups not protected under federal law. Now, Chefs are still cooking, but on the eve of the picnic they are hosting dinner called the Big Gay Mississippi Welcome Table.

One of the big chefs involved is John Currence. You may have eaten at his restaurants, City Grocery or Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford, Miss. He told the New York Times he thinks, “More than anything else, the law sends a terrible message about the state of consciousness in the state of Mississippi.”

The dinner is June 13. The law takes effect July 1.

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