Mississippi Governor Signs Anti-Gay 'Religious Liberty' Law
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has signed the state's religious protections bill, which allows businesses to discriminate against gays in the state based on religious beliefs.
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) has signed into law a “religious liberty” bill that could be used to justify various forms of discrimination, including anti-LGBT discrimination. The bill, SB 2681, was approved by the legislature earlier this week after being a conference between the House and Senate. It differs from other state’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” (RFRAs) because Mississippi law defines the word “person” to include businesses, and thus it applies to corporations instead of just private citizens exercising their religious beliefs.
Jim Crow laws in 2014.