Mississippi Swiftly Moves To Legalize "Gay Segregation"
Unfortunately, Tuesday night's late action in the Mississippi legislature were not punchlines from an April Fool's joke. Though the legislation appeared to be dead earlier in the legislative season it now appears that an Arizona-style "Gay Segregation" bill is on its way to becoming law in Mississippi after both the state House and Senate rushed the bill through by a wide margin last night.
“This is a victory for the First Amendment and the right to live and work according to one’s conscience,” hate group leader Tony Perkins said about the vote. “This commonsense measure was a no-brainer for freedom, and like the federal [Religious Freedom Restoration Act], it simply bars government discrimination against religious exercise. The legislature gave strong approval to a bill that declares that individuals do not have to trade their religious freedom for entrance into public commerce.”
“We remain hopeful that courts throughout the state will reject any attempts to use religion to justify discrimination,” Jennifer Riley-Collins, executive director of Mississippi’s ACLU chapter, said in her own statement. “Nobody should be refused service because of who they are.”
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has promised to sign the bill into law, which will make Mississippi the first state to return to a Jim Crow-era of segregated society.