Post submitted by Rob Hill, HRC Mississippi State Director
A large group of students and faculty came together last week at the University of Mississippi to express their strong opposition to HB 1523, the “Religious Liberty Accommodations Act.” The new law allows almost any individual or organization to use religion as a justification to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians in some of the most important aspects of their lives, including at work, at school and in their communities.
It was an honor to join the rally with other fair-minded Mississippians and to share about HRC’s commitment to fight this horrific piece of legislation. It was great to see the students’ passion for justice and their dedication to create inclusive laws and policies.
Last week, HRC announced that 75 leading CEOs and business leaders, including executives from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Capital One, Castlight Health, Inc., KPMG LLP, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Uber and more have signed onto an open letter calling on Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, and House Speaker Philip A. Gunn to repeal H.B. 1523.
I’m grateful to our constant friends and allies at the Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and other campus organizations that sponsored and organized this event. HRC Mississippi is proud to stand alongside them in the work for equality in our state.
Join HRC at the Rally to Repeal H.B. 1523 on Sunday, May 1. We will march from the Mississippi Capitol to the Governor's Mansion in order to send a clear and powerful message to Gov. Bryant, Lt. Gov. Reeves and House Speaker Gunn that fair-minded Mississippians support the repeal of this bill.