HB 1523 would bar the state from taking action against anyone who discriminates based on their belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman, that sexual relations should be reserved to such a union, or that "male" and "female" refer to someone's "immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth."

Here from the HRC is more information:

Tax-payer funded faith-based organizations could: refuse to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples for provision of critical services including emergency shelter; deny children in need of loving homes placement with LGBT families including the child’s own family member; and refuse to sell or rent a for-profit home to an LGBT person -- even if the organization receives government funding. As introduced, H.B. 1523 would also give foster families the freedom to subject an LGBTQ child to the dangerous practice of “conversion therapy,” and subject a pregnant unwed girl to abuse, without fear of government intervention or license suspension. It would even allow individuals to refuse to carry out the terms of a state contract for the provision of counseling services to all eligible individuals, including veterans, based on the counselor's beliefs about LGBT people or single mothers.

Furthermore, schools, employers and service providers could implement sex-specific dress and grooming standards, as well as refuse transgender people access to the appropriate sex-segregated facilities, consistent with their gender identity -- all in conflict with the United States Department of Justice’s enforcement of federal law. H.B. 1523 even legalizes Kim Davis-style discrimination by allowing government employees to abdicate their duties and refuse to license or solemnize marriages for LGBT people.

This is the most heinous piece of legislation in the country yet there is no outcry from the business community, the entertainment community, no threat of boycotts. We know everyone expects MS to be the worst state in the country, we get it. However, we are your fellow citizens and we deserve and need your support to fight this. As a small business owner I can now refuse services to the LGBT community, an unmarried couple who I believe have had sex and divorced people. This can force dress codes and push transgender citizens into dangerous situations. There is nothing in this bill that follows existing federal law yet they passed it anyways.

Please stand by us as a state, a country, and as human beings. We need your support with letters, emails, tweets and posts to the following companies threatening to not do business with them. The only thing that might speak to the Governor is the loss of revenue that has been threatened in other states.

Nissan North America Inc

Rpm Pizza LLC

Ashley Furniture Homestore

Tyson Foods Inc

Howard Industries Inc

Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance

Sanderson Farms Inc

Chevron Pascagoula Refinery

Koch Foods Inc

Bally's Casinos

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Harrah's Casinos

MGM Resorts International

Thank you for supporting us!


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mborengasser 3 years 16 weeks ago

In Arkansas, there is a saying, "Thank God for Mississippi". But with our backward voters and legislature, we may not always be able to keep making that statement.

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