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Mississippi Governor signs Religious Accommodations Act

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Mississippi Governor, Phil Bryant has signed House Bill 1523. This bill is also known as the Religious Accommodations Act.

It allows private businesses to refuse service to the LGBT community based off of their religious background and beliefs.

Here is Governor Bryant's full statement:

"I am signing HB 1523 into law to protect sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations and private associations from discriminatory action by state government or its political subdivisions, which would include countries, cities, and institutions of higher learning.

This bill merely reinforces the rights which currently exist to the exercise of religious freedom as stated in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

 This bill does not limit any constitutionally protected rights or actions of any citizen of this state under federal or state laws. It does not attempt to           challenge federal laws, even those which are in conflict with the Mississippi Constitution, as the Legislature recognizes the prominence of federal law in such limited circumstances.

The legislation is designed in the most targeted manner possible to prevent government interference in the lives of the people from which all power to the state is derived."

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