The SB 2681, “Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act " was requested by conservative Republican Governor Phil Bryant, and approved 48-0 by the Mississippi Senate.
Like similar bills in Kansas and Arizona, this bill essentially legalizes segregation and discrimination on the basis of religion. It would allow businesses to deny goods or services to any LGBTQ people and any other person they decide their religious beliefs do not approve of.
SB 2681, Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, would require that “state action shall not burden a person’s right to the exercise of religion” by compelling “any action contrary to a person’s exercise of religion.” The bill defines “exercise of religion” to mean “the ability to act in a manner that is substantially motivated by one’s sincerely held religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.”
This means that a business could legally discriminate against LGBTQ people if it claims that such discrimination is motivated by their “sincerely held religious belief.” This bill legitimizes discrimination and segregation in Mississippi state law.
SB 2681, passed the state Senate with 48 yes-votes, zero no-votes, (4 senators absent: Brown, Clark, McDaniel, and Sojourner), and will now go up for a vote in the House. If passed, it would go into effect July 1, 2014.
The bill would also amend the state seal to include God We Trust.”
I’m asking everyone on Tumblr to sign this. The petition still needs over 1,000 signatures as well and I know it can be done. As well as signing the petition, please share this graphic on Tumblr and any other social media. If you live in the state, please contact the reps and urge them to say no. Lets not let the house win this.