Mississippi AG Chooses Special Interests Over Religious Freedom

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Earlier this month, a federal judge blocked a pro-religious freedom law signed by Mississippi’s Republican governor, Phil Bryant. Governor Bryant vowed to appeal the ruling, but Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, announced that he would not join in the defense of the law.

“All HB 1523 has done is tarnish Mississippi’s image while distracting us from the more pressing issues of decaying roads and bridges, underfunding of public education, the plight of the mentally ill and the need to solve our state’s financial mess,” Hood said.

The law in question, HB 1523, is meant to protect those with moral and religious objections to same-sex marriage, transgenderism, and extramarital sex from persecution from the state government. On Twitter, Governor Bryant wrote that he signed the law “to protect sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations, and private association from discriminatory action by state government.”

Thankfully, Governor Bryant has already filed an appeal, using his own attorney.

Roger Severino, a legal scholar at the Heritage Foundation, wrote that “This law doesn’t take away anyone’s ability to enter a legally recognized same-sex marriage or live as they like. It only protects people and institutions to live according to reasonable and honorable views about marriage and sexual identity without facing government discrimination.”

Mississippi’s religious freedom law was passed in response to the ever-more-invasive agenda of social progressives. In California, the left is threatening Christian colleges and universities that uphold traditional sexual mores with massive penalties. Continue Reading