Call To Repeal &#thirty-nine;Religious Freedom' Law

Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 5:02 AM

The bill allows businesses, social workers and public employees to deny service based on their religious beliefs, without penalty.

Call To Repeal &#thirty-nine;Religious Freedom' Law

A grouping of Democratic lawmakers have vowed to fight a MS law allowing the utilize of religious beliefs as a reason to deny services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

The so-called Religious Freedom Bill - HB one thousand five hundred twenty-three - was

But Democratic Rep Jay Hughes says he'll do his best to reverse the bill before it becomes law on first July.

In a Facebook post, He wrote: "MS has been here before - we should give reasonable minds and the principles of democracy an opportunity to be heard.

"Repeal HB one thousand five hundred twenty-three.

"All Mississippians are equal."

Standing exterior the state'south Capitol building on Tuesday he added: "We don’t wish this bill to confirm the perception that others have of Mississippi, our grand economy and our hospitality."

His words arrive after dozens of business executives - including those from Common Electric, Dow Chemical Company, Pepsi, Hyatt, Hewlett Packard, Choice Hotels International, Whole Foods, Hyatt Hotels and Levis Strauss & Co - signed an open letter from the Human Rights Campaign protesting the law.

Describing it as "discriminatory", they said: "This isn't a direction in which states move when they're seeking to allow successful, thriving hubs for business and economic development.

"We believe that HB 1523 will create it distant more challenging for businesses across the state to recruit and maintain the nation’s best and brightest workers and invite the most talented students from across the country.

"It'll also diminish the state’s draw as a destination for tourism, new businesses, and economic activity."

Well-known names have also voiced their opposition to the law, with talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres calling it "the definition of discrimination" and singer

Repealing the law, however, could be an uphill struggle.

The process would start in the House Rules Committee and the committee'south Republican chairman Jason White has already said it's "not very likely" he'll consider the request.

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