We were sincerely hoping it wasn't going to come to this…
It's with great sadness that we must report that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has decided to join Sen. Jenifer Branning on the wrong side of history on Tuesday and has passed yet another anti-gay bill.
The new "religious freedom" law will allow individuals, organizations, and private companies to legally discriminate against same-sex couples based on the argument that the 1st Amendment only applies to Christians, apparently.
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Mississippi is just the latest state to try to limit LGBT rights — but don't worry, Phil is adamant that HB 1523 isn't hurting anyone, saying:
"This bill does not limit any constitutionally protected rights or actions of any citizen of this state under federal or state laws. It does not attempt to challenge federal laws, even those which are in conflict with the Mississippi Constitution, as the Legislature recognizes the prominence of federal law in such limited circumstances."
Basically, he disagrees with the nation's same-sex marriage laws but can't discredit them, so he's just going to make being in Mississippi a living hell for gay couples.
Please stay safe if you're queer and living in the South right now.
Ch-ch-check out Bryant's bigoted statement in full (below)!!!
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