JACKSON, Miss.- After Governor Phil Bryant signed HB1523, better known as the Religious Liberties Accommodation Act Mississippi residents and folks nation wide are speaking out.
While the reactions vary from one side to another, the most recent swell of input has come from Mississippi’s own writers.
A petition was formed by and signed by 95 authors including John Grisham, Greg Isles, and Deborah Johnson which states that the signing of this bill does not speak for all Mississippians and that this is not the type of Mississippi people should believe in and fight for.
This group of well known authors is protesting the law claiming that it is discrimination.
The law is set to take effect on July 1st.
The letter is written bellow along with a full list of names:
Statement of Mississippi Writers Opposing HB 1523
“Mississippi has a thousand histories, but these can be boiled down to two strains: our reactionary side, which has nourished intolerance and degradation and brutality, which has looked at difference as a threat, which has circled tightly around the familiar and the monolithic; and our humane side, which treasures compassion and charity and a wide net of kinship, which is fascinated by character and story, which is deeply involved in the daily business of our neighbors. This core kindness, the embracing of wildness and weirdness, is what has nurtured the great literature that has come from our state. What literature teaches us is empathy. It reminds us to reach out a hand to our neighbors—even if they look different from us, love different from us—and say, “Why, I recognize you; you’re a human, just like me, sprung from the same messy place, bound on the same hard road.” Mississippi authors have written through pain, and they have written out of disappointment, but they have also written from wonder, and pride, and a fierce desire to see the politics of this state live up to its citizens. It is deeply disturbing to so many of us to see the rhetoric of hate, thinly veiled, once more poison our political discourse. But Governor Phil Bryant and the Mississippi legislators who voted for this bill are not the sole voices of our state. There have always been people here battling injustice. That’s the version of Mississippi we believe in, and that’s the Mississippi we won’t stop fighting for.
The 95 undersigned writers from Mississippi stand opposed to any violation of civil rights, including discrimination against LGBTQ citizens, and call for the repeal of the recently enacted House Bill 1523.”
Sarah C. Campbell
Hodding Carter III
Hodding Carter IV
John T. Edge
W. Ralph Eubanks
Beth Ann Fennelly
Ellen Ann Fentress
William R. Ferris
Martha Hall Foose
T. R. Hummer
Rheta Grimsley Johnson
T. K. Lee
C. Liegh McInnis
Andrew Malan Milward
Family of Willie Morris
Katy Simpson Smith
Matthew Clark Smith
Michael C. Smith
Michael Farris Smith
Tiffany Quay Tyson
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