That moniker was given to the bill by Ben Needham, director of southern LGBT advocacy group Project One America, as we mentioned earlier.
The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports:
House Bill 1523 would allow clerks to deny same-sex marriage licenses to gay couples because of their religious beliefs and not face any repercussions. It would also allow private businesses and faith-based organizations to refuse services based on those same beliefs without retribution.
Sen. Jenifer Branning, R-Philadelphia, presented the bill to the Senate. Debate on the bill lasted over two hours.
“This is presenting a solution to the crossroads we find ourselves in today as a result of Obergefell v. Hodges,” Branning said, referring to the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriages. “Ministers, florists, photographers, people along those lines – this bill would allow them to refuse to provide marriage-related business services without fear of government discrimination.”