On Tuesday, Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Governor signed into law that is a measure affording the wide fortifications for actions that are considered to be discriminatory by the gay rights activists.
This far-reaching law permits the people with religious protests to deny the wedding services to the same-sex couples. It also unblocks the way for the employers to cite religion in shaping the workplace policies on grooming, dress code, locker & bathroom access.
Bryant, who is a Republican, had said in a statement that he had signed the law only “to protect the sincerely held religious beliefs & moral convictions of individuals, organizations, and the private associations from discriminatory action by state govt.”
His verdict comes amidst national objections over a new regulation barring the transgender people in North Carolina from selecting the bathrooms consistent with their gender identities.
In the meanwhile, the governors of Virginia & Georgia had last week vetoed the similar “religious liberty.’’
ACLU (The American Civil Liberties Union) had disapproved the Mississippi law, which is expected to set to take effect in July.
“This’s a sad day for the state of Mississippi & for the thousands of Mississippians who can now be turned away from the businesses, refused marriage licenses, or denied the housing, essential services & the needed care based on who they are,” said the executive director of Mississippi’s ACLU, Jennifer Riley-Collins.