Quantcast
Connect with us

Mississippi cities pass equality ordinances to fight state’s anti-LGBT ‘religious freedom’ law

Published

on

Jackson, Mississippi — the state’s largest city and its capital — passed a resolution on Tuesday forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation and “supporting equality for all citizens of Jackson, Mississippi.”

According to the Jackson Free Press, the council made the 3-to-1 vote to negate a state “religious freedom” law that would allow residents to discriminate against LGBT people on religious grounds. Jackson was the eighth city in the state to do so.

On April 3, Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed the Republican-backed SB 2681 into law. Under the law, businesses and service providers could decline to perform their jobs if doing so would place a “burden” on that person’s “right to the exercise their religion.”

“I am proud to sign the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act today, which will protect the individual religious freedom of Mississippians of all faiths from government interference,” said Gov. Bryant in a statement.

The law would provide legal cover for organizations which refuse to provide their services to paying customers on religious grounds, such as the Colorado bakery that refused to provide a cake for a same-sex wedding.

ADVERTISEMENT

LGBT website Pink News U.K. wrote, “Other cities across the state, including Bay St Louis, Greenville, Hattiesburg, Magnolia, Oxford and Starkville, have also passed similar resolutions” to Jackson’s, recognizing that the state law paves the way for legalized wholesale discrimination against LGBT people or anyone else a religious person might object to, such as unwed mothers (Hebrews 13:4) or mixed-race couples (Daniel 2:43).

Jackson businesses formed a pro-equality alliance led by gay entrepreneur Eddie Outlaw. The businesses are displaying blue and white stickers in their front windows that read, “We don’t discriminate. If you’re buying, we’re selling.”

“We have a long and well-documented history of discrimination in this state,” Outlaw told the Associated Press in April. “To think there won’t be any discrimination [under the ‘religious freedom’ law] is laughable.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Ward 5 Councilman Charles Tillman of Jackson, a co-sponsor of the nondiscrimination bill, which is non-binding, told the Free Press he was “honored” to have played a role in the bill’s passage.

Melvin Priester Jr. of Ward 2 said that in his city, “discrimination against one person is discrimination against all of us.”

“I know there is more good in Jackson than bad. I want to make sure when the history books are written there was no question where the City of Jackson was,” he said.

ADVERTISEMENT

[image of Melvin Priester, Jr. via Facebook.com]


Report typos and corrections to [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump tries to change the subject by blaming Obama — then accidentally admits he’s putting kids in ‘cages’

Published

on

President Donald Trump was the target of a Democratic press conference with four Congresswomen of color who were calling him out for racist tweets telling them to go back to their countries.

The women attacked every policy that Trump seems to be losing on. Trump seemed to try and pivot to another issue entirely, blaming former President Barack Obama for building the cages that he's putting children in after he takes them from their parents.

The Obama Administration built the Cages, not the Trump Administration! DEMOCRATS MUST GIVE US THE VOTES TO CHANGE BAD IMMIGRATION LAWS.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump goes off on ‘socialist, communist’ rant saying Democrats are ‘pro Al-Qaeda’

Published

on

President Donald Trump took his racist comments even further Monday afternoon, saying that Democrats are now pro-terrorism.

"We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE!" Trump ranted. "It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country. They are anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda, and comment on the 9/11 attack, “some people did something.” Radical Left Democrats want Open Borders, which means drugs, crime, human trafficking, and much more. Detention facilities are not Concentration Camps! America has never been stronger than it is now – rebuilt Military, highest Stock Market EVER, lowest unemployment and more people working than ever before. Keep America Great!"

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘Bond is dead’: White dudes flip out over casting of a black woman as next Agent 007

Published

on

On Monday, the Daily Beast reported that the new 007 -- the special agent in the James Bond series -- will be portrayed by the black actress Lashana Lynch.

The announcement set off predictably racist and sexist reactions.

Perhaps the most prominent right-winger to voice his displeasure was Ben Shapiro, who complained that it didn't make sense for Bond to be a woman because of the character's signature seduction moves.

"Bond is about the guns and the girls," Shapiro said, noting that a woman in a seductive role was not realistic.

Continue Reading
 
 
 

Copyright © 2019 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 | Masthead | Privacy Policy | For corrections or concerns, please email [email protected]

close-image