Business owners comment on HB 1523

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – We’re hearing extended comments from Governor Phil Bryant about one of the most controversial bills that he has signed this year.

That is House Bill 1523 or the Religious Accommodations Act.

He says he wouldn’t be surprised if the federal government tries to step in prevent it from becoming law.

“As a public figure for Mississippi who has my own organization, my own company in MS, this has to stop,” said Duvalier Malone, a Mississippi business owner.

“If someone came into my store that was homosexual or whatever it may be there is no way I would turn them away because that’s not what Jesus has called me to do,” said Kimberly Moore, the owner of Miss Priss.

Malone believes the bill is going to hurt his home state’s economy.

And even though major corporations like Levi’s,  Coca-Cola and Whole Foods have spoken out against the bill.

A CBS poll last week showed 2/3 of Mississippians support it.

House Bill 1523 will become a law on Friday, July 1, 2016.

 

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