It didn’t end in Arizona — a bill that would legalize anti-LGBT discrimination on the grounds of “religious freedom” is working its way up the ranks in Mississippi.
The Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act was approved by a House committee this week and will now move to the full House. The state Senate has already passed a similar bill, making this all the more dangerous.
A House subcommittee earlier changed the language in the bill in an attempt to make it more palatable to civil rights activists and less like the legislation vetoed last week in Arizona, but LGBT and liberal groups say the bill is still deeply flawed.
“While that new language would preserve the rights of businesses to enact non-discrimination policies, it would not prevent them from also enacting discriminatory policies where a ‘sincerely held religious belief’ was present,” reports the online publication Deep South Progressive.
I’m not sure what we have to do to ensure that legislation like this never comes close to passing in any state — Arizona was already a damn close call. Keep an eye on this one, and on similar bills that are popping up all over the country.