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Anti-LGBT law goes into effect in MS

October 11, 2017

WMC Action News,

Staff,

October 10, 2017-

Same-sex marriage advocates are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a controversial religious freedom bill that took effect in Mississippi on Tuesday.  The bill, HB 1523, allows businesses to refuse service to the LGBT community by citing their own religious beliefs. Aaron Davis, who grew up gay in Mississippi, worries hostility toward the LGBT community will only get worse. “I feel like I’m constantly under attack,” he said. “Now that the law is behind them, they will feel more empowered to do discriminatory things.”

The bill has strong support from Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, who signed it into law last year. He and other supporters said the legislation is not about discrimination, but instead, about allowing Mississippians to stay true to their faith. Governor Bryant released the following statement to WMC5: “The people of Mississippi have the right to ensure that all of our citizens are free to peacefully live and work without fear of being punished for their sincerely held religious beliefs.”

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