JACKSON, MISS– The controversial “Religious Liberties Act” is headed to the Governor’s desk, where it could become law.
Governor Bryant could sign it, or he could veto the bill. A similar bill was vetoed in Georgia after Disney, Marvel, and the Walking Dead threatened to boycott the state.
Nissan, one of the largest employers in Mississippi, has already spoken against the bill.
H.B. 1523 is not lacking support. The Alliance Defending Freedom has released a statement about the bill.
“Mississippians of all walks of life believe that the government shouldn’t punish someone because of their views on marriage. A new poll in Mississippi shows that voters in every district and demographic—age, race, sex, and political party—overwhelmingly support a law protecting schools, churches, businesses, and public employees from government discrimination,” says Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek, “This commonsense ‘live and let live’ bill simply affirms the freedom of all people to peacefully live and work according to their deeply held beliefs without the threat of punishment from their own government.”
The Human Rights Campaign says this bill opens the doors for discrimination against those in the LGBTQ community because businesses, landlords, and private adoption agencies could deny rights to same sex couples.
If Governor Bryant signs the bill, it does become law.