Mississippi's HB1523 bill discriminates against the LGBT community
8th April 2016
Mississippi’s governor has recently signed a deeply controversial bill that allows businesses to refuse service to the LGBT community based on religious beliefs.
Governor Phil Bryant signed the bill known as HB1523 into law on Tuesday amid opposition from businesses, equal rights groups and other high profile people.
He said “the bill protects sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions”.
The bill allows for lawful discrimination of the LGBT community; under this law someone could be refused a service, legal aid, care, housing and employment based entirely on their sexuality or gender identity. This also means that any couple wishing to get married, which is now legal in all states, would have their application denied.
This comes at a time where other states have been considering passing similar laws; in fact North Carolina recently passed a bill known as HB2 that removes protections for the LGBT community. This law requires anyone who is transgender to use public bathrooms based on the gender they were assigned at birth. South Carolina are also considering passing a similar bill to the HB2 but one that only mirrors the removal of LGBT protection and public bathroom policy.
Several high profile people, major companies and CEOs have signed a letter urging the North Carolina Governor to repeal the law.
The state of Georgia had also planned to pass a similar law as the one recently passed in Mississippi but the Governor did not sign it after pressure from major companies including Hollywood studios that do business in the state.
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For more information about the bill that has been passed in Mississippi click here
For more information about the bill that was passed in North Carolina click here
For more information about the bill being considered in South Carolina click here