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Mississippi Lawmakers Gut SB 2681 of Legalized Anti-Gay Discrimination

February 28th, 2014 Joseph Pedro

 

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Mississippi’s SB 2681, a bill similar to Arizona’s failed legislation, would have given businesses the right to discriminate against LGBT customers, but after a late-night committee meeting, the bill was stripped of its anti-gay rhetoric. The piece of legislation, unlike Arizona’s, had many aspects to it including inserting “In God We Trust” into the state seal, but hidden within the text was a line that would allow businesses to turn away customers based on religious grounds. According to the Mississippi Business Journal“Seeking to quell the tide of state and national opposition that has grown the past couple of days, the Civil Subcommittee voted to mold the bill after the federal government’s 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The amendment limits the bill to addressing actions by government—not individuals or businesses.” 

 

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