March 31, 2016

Mississippi Senate revives segregation. . . only against gays

Towler Road - The Mississippi Senate has passed an anti-LGBT bill that has been described as “probably the worst religious freedom bill to date” to be considered in the United States.

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.”

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