Grammy museums director wants repeal of Mississippi LGBT law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The director of two Grammy museums is calling for repeal of a Mississippi law that will let government and business workers cite religious beliefs against same-sex marriage to deny services to people.

Bob Santelli helped bring the only Grammy Museum outside Los Angeles to the Mississippi Delta. Organizers chose Cleveland, Mississippi, for the high-tech, $20 million project because of the state’s musical heritage as the cradle of the blues. It opened in March.

The museums had previously released statements opposing House Bill 1523 (http://bit.ly/1Mq4DyE ), saying it allows for discrimination. The bill becomes law July 1.

Santelli says he is also personally calling for repeal after his 28-year-old son, who is gay, cancelled plans to visit Mississippi with him.

Supporters of the law say it will protect workers’ religious beliefs.

 

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