Gov. Bryant signs House Bill 1523

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) –Gov. Phil Bryant has signed House Bill 1523.

He tweeted about the Religious Accommodations Act on Tuesday.

While some say this bill protect people of faith, others say it’s a license to discriminate.

The bill lets government employees and private businesses cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples.

The American Civil Liberties Union released this statement:

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. 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 Mississippi Democratic Party spokesperson also issued a statement about HB 1523:

“It is incredibly disappointing that Governor Bryant and Republican leaders of our state, despite our history, have decided to pass a law that licenses discrimination against our own citizens. Instead of tearing down walls that divide, the Republican Party has spent this session building new barriers of bigotry. We must do better.”   -Ouida Meruvia

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