Last night, the Mississippi State Senate, including Senator Jenifer Branning, approved H.B. 1523 by a 31 to 17 vote.
After Branning introduced the horribly anti-LGBT bill on the Senate floor, debate lasted for two hours.
Dubbed the “Religious Liberty Accommodations Act,” H.B. 1523 would allow individuals, religious organizations and private associations to use religion to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians in some of the most important aspect of their lives, including at work, at schools, in their family life and more.
“This is presenting a solution to the crossroads we find ourselves in today as a result of Obergefell v. Hodges,” Branning said. “Ministers, florists, photographers, people along those lines — this bill would allow them to refuse to provide marriage-related business services without fear of government discrimination.”
According to Joe My God, in less than 24 hours, Branning was forced to take down her campaign’s Facebook page.
This comes despite the tremendous backlash that states like Georgia and North Carolina have faced for their legislatures voting in favor of bills that would put the LGBT community at risk of discrimination. H.B. 1523 now returns to the House for a procedural vote on a new amendment, and will then head to the desk of Governor Bryant, who will either sign or veto the measure.