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  • Laurel native Lance Bass voices opinion on religious liberty bill

    Laurel native Lance Bass voices opinion on religious liberty bill

    Saturday, April 2 2016 9:04 PM EDT2016-04-03 01:04:08 GMT
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    After gaining national recognition, Mississippi residents are expressing their feelings about the recently passed religious liberties bill. 

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    After gaining national recognition, Mississippi residents are expressing their feelings about the recently passed religious liberties bill. Whether sharing opinions across social media platforms are speaking to local news outlets about the issue, it seems almost everyone has an opinion on the possible effects of the bill.  

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  • USM students react to MS Religious Accommodations Act

    USM students react to MS Religious Accommodations Act

    Wednesday, April 6 2016 7:08 PM EDT2016-04-06 23:08:16 GMT
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    Some college students are worried that the new Religious Accommodations Act will hurt industries and jobs in Mississippi.

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    Some college students are worried that the new Religious Accommodations Act will hurt industries and jobs in Mississippi.

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  • Metropolitan Community Church hosts protest against Religious Freedom Law

    Metropolitan Community Church hosts protest against Religious Freedom Law

    Sunday, April 10 2016 9:19 PM EDT2016-04-11 01:19:43 GMT
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    Several people gathered together to protest the religious freedom law at the Joshua Generation Metropolitan Community church Sunday afternoon.

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    Several people gathered together to protest the religious freedom law at the Joshua Generation Metropolitan Community church Sunday afternoon.

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  • Senate committee passes bill protecting people from religious discrimination

    Senate committee passes bill protecting people from religious discrimination

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    A bill passed Tuesday in the Senate committee will protect people with religious beliefs from being discriminated against. 

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    A bill passed Tuesday in the Senate committee will protect people with religious beliefs from being discriminated against. 

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  • Local baker's Facebook post on religious freedom bill goes viral

    Local baker's Facebook post on religious freedom bill goes viral

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    Last week, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act that critics say is the worst yet for LGBT rights.

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    Last week, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act that critics say is the worst yet for LGBT rights.

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    Mississippi in New York Picnic canceled over religious freedom law

    Mississippi in New York Picnic canceled over religious freedom law

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 5:00 PM EDT2016-04-12 21:00:40 GMT
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    This comes in response to Governor Phil Bryant signing a religious freedom bill into law last week.

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    This comes in response to Governor Phil Bryant signing a religious freedom bill into law last week.

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  • ACLU files suit challenging MS 'religious freedom' law

    ACLU files suit challenging MS 'religious freedom' law

    Monday, May 9 2016 11:21 AM EDT2016-05-09 15:21:13 GMT
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    The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi have filed a lawsuit challenging HB 1523.

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    The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Mississippi have filed a lawsuit challenging HB 1523.

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  • Belinda Carlisle holds HB 1523 press conference at casino

    Belinda Carlisle holds HB 1523 press conference at casino

    Saturday, April 23 2016 1:06 PM EDT2016-04-23 17:06:29 GMT
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    On Saturday, pop star Belinda Carlisle held a press conference at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi to vocalize her protest against the Religious Liberty Accommodations Law.

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    On Saturday, pop star Belinda Carlisle held a press conference at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi to vocalize her protest against the Religious Liberty Accommodations Law.

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    Obama calls NC, MS LGBT laws 'wrong'

    Obama calls NC, MS LGBT laws 'wrong'

    Friday, April 22 2016 2:01 PM EDT2016-04-22 18:01:36 GMT
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    President Obama urged those in the United Kingdom to travel to Mississippi and North Carolina despite the new LGBT laws. Source: NBCPresident Obama urged those in the United Kingdom to travel to Mississippi and North Carolina despite the new LGBT laws. Source: NBC

    President Obama criticized Mississippi and North Carolina for their recent LGBT laws in a press conference Friday morning.  

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    President Obama criticized Mississippi and North Carolina for their recent LGBT laws in a press conference Friday morning.  

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  • British government issues warning to LGBT travelers about NC, Miss.

    British government issues warning to LGBT travelers about NC, Miss.

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    The government is referring to North Carolina's House Bill 2 and Mississippi's House Bill 1523, also known as the Religious Accommodations Act. 

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    The government is referring to North Carolina's House Bill 2 and Mississippi's House Bill 1523, also known as the Religious Accommodations Act. 

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  • Biloxi City Council passes resolution calling for repeal of HB 1523

    Biloxi City Council passes resolution calling for repeal of HB 1523

    Tuesday, April 19 2016 10:15 PM EDT2016-04-20 02:15:09 GMT
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    Biloxi City Council voted in favor of a resolution opposing HB 1523. (Photo source: WLOX News)Biloxi City Council voted in favor of a resolution opposing HB 1523. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    Following Mayor FoFo Gilich's lead the Biloxi City Council took a stand against the Religious Accommodations Act during Tuesday's council meeting.

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    Following Mayor FoFo Gilich's lead the Biloxi City Council took a stand against the Religious Accommodations Act during Tuesday's council meeting.

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  • Tracy Morgan cancels Tunica performance over religious freedom law

    Tracy Morgan cancels Tunica performance over religious freedom law

    Tuesday, April 19 2016 1:54 PM EDT2016-04-19 17:54:17 GMT
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    Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan canceled his upcoming Tunica appearance, citing the controversial Religious Accommodations Act as his reason for rescheduling the performance.

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    Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan canceled his upcoming Tunica appearance, citing the controversial Religious Accommodations Act as his reason for rescheduling the performance.

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  • Belinda Carlisle blasts Gov. Bryant; Urges repeal of HB 1523

    Belinda Carlisle blasts Gov. Bryant; Urges repeal of HB 1523

    Tuesday, April 19 2016 3:50 PM EDT2016-04-19 19:50:44 GMT
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    Belinda Carlisle (Photo source: Twitter/@belindaofficial)Belinda Carlisle (Photo source: Twitter/@belindaofficial)

    World-renowned pop star Belinda Carlisle is joining the chorus of voices calling for the repeal of Mississippi’s Religious Liberty Accommodations Act.

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    World-renowned pop star Belinda Carlisle is joining the chorus of voices calling for the repeal of Mississippi’s Religious Liberty Accommodations Act.

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  • Annual celebration canceled over controversial MS law

    Annual celebration canceled over controversial MS law

    Monday, April 18 2016 11:28 PM EDT2016-04-19 03:28:37 GMT
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    The Mississippi Weekend is held each June in Atlanta. (Photo source: Facebook / Mississippi Society of Georgia)The Mississippi Weekend is held each June in Atlanta. (Photo source: Facebook / Mississippi Society of Georgia)

    There is more fallout from the signing of House Bill 1523, Mississippi's Religious Accommodations Act. Just one week after the cancellation of the New York-Mississippi Society's annual picnic in Central Park, the Mississippi Society of Georgia is calling off its upcoming celebration, scheduled to take place in June. 

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    There is more fallout from the signing of House Bill 1523, Mississippi's Religious Accommodations Act. Just one week after the cancellation of the New York-Mississippi Society's annual picnic in Central Park, the Mississippi Society of Georgia is calling off its upcoming celebration, scheduled to take place in June. 

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  • Sharon Stone refuses to shoot film in MS, citing new bill

    Sharon Stone refuses to shoot film in MS, citing new bill

    Wednesday, April 13 2016 11:48 AM EDT2016-04-13 15:48:14 GMT
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    A short movie starring actress Sharon Stone, set to be filmed in Mississippi in June, will now be shot elsewhere due to the religious accommodations law. 

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    A short movie starring actress Sharon Stone, set to be filmed in Mississippi in June, will now be shot elsewhere due to the religious accommodations law. 

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  • Group of lawmakers lobby to repeal controversial House Bill 1523

    Group of lawmakers lobby to repeal controversial House Bill 1523

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 8:23 PM EDT2016-04-13 00:23:20 GMT
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    Travel bans, canceled concerts and boycotting businesses are all part of the backlash against Mississippi's Religious Accommodations Act. The Governor signed the bill a week ago.

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    Travel bans, canceled concerts and boycotting businesses are all part of the backlash against Mississippi's Religious Accommodations Act. The Governor signed the bill a week ago.

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  • Portland mayor to skip ship christening at Ingalls

    Portland mayor to skip ship christening at Ingalls

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 5:38 PM EDT2016-04-12 21:38:59 GMT
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    he Portland (LPD 27) will be the third Navy ship to carry that city’s name. (Photo source: WLOX)he Portland (LPD 27) will be the third Navy ship to carry that city’s name. (Photo source: WLOX)

    When the future U.S.S. Portland is christened at Ingalls Shipyard next month, the mayor of the namesake city will not be there. Mayor Charlie Hales will follow city policy that prohibits spending public money on travel to states or cities with discriminatory policies. 

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    When the future U.S.S. Portland is christened at Ingalls Shipyard next month, the mayor of the namesake city will not be there. Mayor Charlie Hales will follow city policy that prohibits spending public money on travel to states or cities with discriminatory policies. 

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  • MS Mayors push for repeal of House Bill 1523

    MS Mayors push for repeal of House Bill 1523

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 8:44 AM EDT2016-04-12 12:44:23 GMT
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    Since Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523, the fallout has been fast. Opponents argue the bill is discrimination and it is not the direction a state should move when it is seeking to provide thriving business and economic developments

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    Since Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523, the fallout has been fast. Opponents argue the bill is discrimination and it is not the direction a state should move when it is seeking to provide thriving business and economic developments

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    State Senator's gay brother slams HB 1523

    State Senator's gay brother slams HB 1523

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 1:08 PM EDT2016-04-12 17:08:26 GMT
    Tuesday, April 12 2016 2:49 PM EDT2016-04-12 18:49:55 GMT
    Joey Filligane, who voted for HB 1523, addresses his brother's Facebook post about the new law. Source: WDAMJoey Filligane, who voted for HB 1523, addresses his brother's Facebook post about the new law. Source: WDAM

    The gay brother of a Mississippi State Senator slammed his sibling, and The Religious Accommodation Act in a Facebook post.  

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    The gay brother of a Mississippi State Senator slammed his sibling, and The Religious Accommodation Act in a Facebook post.  

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  • State lawmakers call for repeal of HB1523

    State lawmakers call for repeal of HB1523

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 11:48 AM EDT2016-04-12 15:48:28 GMT
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    Several state lawmakers held a news conference on the steps of the Mississippi Capitol on Tuesday to talk about the first step toward repealing the Religious Freedom Accommodations Act. (Photo source: Twitter)Several state lawmakers held a news conference on the steps of the Mississippi Capitol on Tuesday to talk about the first step toward repealing the Religious Freedom Accommodations Act. (Photo source: Twitter)

    Several state lawmakers held a news conference on the steps of the Mississippi Capitol on Tuesday to talk about the first step toward repealing the Religious Freedom Accommodations Act.

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    Several state lawmakers held a news conference on the steps of the Mississippi Capitol on Tuesday to talk about the first step toward repealing the Religious Freedom Accommodations Act.

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  • Local bakery gets international attention protesting religious freedom law

    Local bakery gets international attention protesting religious freedom law

    Monday, April 11 2016 3:54 PM EDT2016-04-11 19:54:58 GMT
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    A Jackson baker is getting International attention for taking a stand against the Mississippi new Religious freedom law. 

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    A Jackson baker is getting International attention for taking a stand against the Mississippi new Religious freedom law. 

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  • Steps being taken to repeal HB 1523

    Steps being taken to repeal HB 1523

    Monday, April 11 2016 10:39 PM EDT2016-04-12 02:39:13 GMT
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    The passage of House Bill 1523 has drawn protests across the state. (Photo source: WLOX News)The passage of House Bill 1523 has drawn protests across the state. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    After seeing protests across the state since Governor Phil Bryant signed the Religious Accommodations law last week, Rep. Jay Hughes from Oxford is making an effort to repeal the controversial legislation. Hughes will be holding a news conference Tuesday morning on the steps of the state capitol to outline his plan to repeal House Bill 1523.

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    After seeing protests across the state since Governor Phil Bryant signed the Religious Accommodations law last week, Rep. Jay Hughes from Oxford is making an effort to repeal the controversial legislation. Hughes will be holding a news conference Tuesday morning on the steps of the state capitol to outline his plan to repeal House Bill 1523.

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  • Some MS House members working to repeal Religious Accommodations Act

    Some MS House members working to repeal Religious Accommodations Act

    Monday, April 11 2016 6:14 PM EDT2016-04-11 22:14:30 GMT
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    Members of e Mississippi House of Representatives will hold a press conference on HB 1523 (Religious Accommodations Act) Tuesday Morning, April 12th, on the Mississippi Capitol steps. 

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    Members of the Mississippi House of Representatives will hold a press conference on HB 1523 (Religious Accommodations Act) Tuesday Morning, April 12th, on the Mississippi Capitol steps. 

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  • Bryan Adams cancels Biloxi show citing new religious freedom law

    Bryan Adams cancels Biloxi show citing new religious freedom law

    Monday, April 11 2016 6:18 AM EDT2016-04-11 10:18:38 GMT
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    Musician Bryan Adams has canceled his show at the Crawfish Music Festival this week because of Mississippi's new religious freedom law. 

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    Musician Bryan Adams has canceled his show at the Crawfish Music Festival this week because of Mississippi's new religious freedom law. 

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  • 95 Mississippi writers speak out against religious accommodations law

    95 Mississippi writers speak out against religious accommodations law

    Monday, April 11 2016 5:39 PM EDT2016-04-11 21:39:11 GMT
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    Some of Mississippi's most eloquent writers are adding their names to the growing list of people and businesses opposed to the state's new Religious Accommodations law. Ninety-five writers signed a statement calling for lawmakers to repeal the recently enacted House Bill 1523, calling it a violation of civil rights.  Mississippi has a thousand histories, but these can be boiled down to two strains: our reactionary side, which has nourished intolerance and degradation and brutal...

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    Some of Mississippi's most eloquent writers are adding their names to the growing list of people and businesses opposed to the state's new Religious Accommodations law. Ninety-five writers signed a statement calling for lawmakers to repeal the recently enacted House Bill 1523, calling it a violation of civil rights.  Mississippi has a thousand histories, but these can be boiled down to two strains: our reactionary side, which has nourished intolerance and degradation and brutal...

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  • Pro-LGBT church in Hattiesburg ready to fight over Religious Accommodations law

    Pro-LGBT church in Hattiesburg ready to fight over Religious Accommodations law

    Sunday, April 10 2016 8:41 PM EDT2016-04-11 00:41:13 GMT
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    At first glance, Joshua Generation looks like any typical community church. But the small, cramped space doesn't reflect the size of its congregation's anger against the Religious Liberty Accommodations act. And the pro-LGBT denomination in Hattiesburg is ready for a long battle.

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    At first glance, Joshua Generation looks like any typical community church. But the small, cramped space doesn't reflect the size of its congregation's anger against the Religious Liberty Accommodations act. And the pro-LGBT denomination in Hattiesburg is ready for a long battle.

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  • Dozens protest Mississippi's Religious Accommodation law in Biloxi

    Dozens protest Mississippi's Religious Accommodation law in Biloxi

    Friday, April 8 2016 11:09 PM EDT2016-04-09 03:09:28 GMT
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    The voices were loud and clear. The protest against the newly signed Religious Liberty Accommodation law at the Biloxi Community Center Friday grew to involve more than 40 people.

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    The voices were loud and clear. The protest against the newly signed Religious Liberty Accommodation law at the Biloxi Community Center Friday grew to involve more than 40 people.

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  • Robin Roberts defends Mississippians, but not state's new law

    Robin Roberts defends Mississippians, but not state's new law

    Friday, April 8 2016 5:39 PM EDT2016-04-08 21:39:28 GMT
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    Robin Roberts has brought her GMA crew to South Mississippi for numerous stories over the years. (Photo source: WLOX)Robin Roberts has brought her GMA crew to South Mississippi for numerous stories over the years. (Photo source: WLOX)

    One of Mississippi's most famous former residents, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, is finally speaking out about the controversial Religious Accommodations Law signed by Gov. Phil Bryant this week. Roberts, who is openly gay, says she and her partner have always felt welcomed in her home state, "and it hurts my soul to think of anyone not feeling welcome."

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    One of Mississippi's most famous former residents, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, is finally speaking out about the controversial Religious Accommodations Law signed by Gov. Phil Bryant this week. Roberts, who is openly gay, says she and her partner have always felt welcomed in her home state, "and it hurts my soul to think of anyone not feeling welcome."

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  • Robin Roberts releases statement on Mississippi's Religious Accommodation Act

    Robin Roberts releases statement on Mississippi's Religious Accommodation Act

    Friday, April 8 2016 5:41 PM EDT2016-04-08 21:41:12 GMT
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    Photo Credit: The Mississippi Tourism Association Robin Roberts is featured on the cover of the 2016 Mississippi tourism guide.Photo Credit: The Mississippi Tourism Association Robin Roberts is featured on the cover of the 2016 Mississippi tourism guide.

    Mississippi native and broadcast journalist Robin Roberts released a personal statement on Friday about Mississippi's Religious Accommodation Act. 

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    Mississippi native and broadcast journalist Robin Roberts released a personal statement on Friday about Mississippi's Religious Accommodation Act. 

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  • Businesses, tourism industry respond to Religious Accommodation Act

    Businesses, tourism industry respond to Religious Accommodation Act

    Friday, April 8 2016 3:03 PM EDT2016-04-08 19:03:11 GMT
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    Several state governments banned state-sponsored travel to Mississippi after Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Religious Accommodation Act, and now Mississippi tourism and economic development groups are deciding how it might impact their industries. 

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    Several state governments banned state-sponsored travel to Mississippi after Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Religious Accommodation Act, and now Mississippi tourism and economic development groups are deciding how it might impact their industries. 

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  • Congressman asks U.S. Attorney to review "Religious Freedom" law

    Congressman asks U.S. Attorney to review "Religious Freedom" law

    Thursday, April 7 2016 4:54 PM EDT2016-04-07 20:54:34 GMT
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    While some are hailing the Governor's move to sign into law the so called Religious Freedom bill, Congressman Bennie Thompson is asking the United States Attorney General to examine it. 

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    While some are hailing the Governor's move to sign into law the so called Religious Freedom bill, Congressman Bennie Thompson is asking the United States Attorney General to examine it. 

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  • Company executives disagree with House Bill 1523

    Company executives disagree with House Bill 1523

    Thursday, April 7 2016 5:22 PM EDT2016-04-07 21:22:33 GMT
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    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The controversy surrounding the Religious Accommodations Act continues on many different platforms in our state and beyond.

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    The controversy surrounding the Religious Accommodations Act continues on many different platforms in our state and beyond.

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  • Businesses take a stand against House Bill 1523

    Businesses take a stand against House Bill 1523

    Thursday, April 7 2016 9:55 PM EDT2016-04-08 01:55:25 GMT
    Thursday, April 7 2016 9:55 PM EDT2016-04-08 01:55:55 GMT
    Business owner have posted signs opposing the new law. (Photo source: WLOX News)Business owner have posted signs opposing the new law. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    Some business owners say they plan to shout with louder voices that they are open for business. Many of the merchants are calling the legislation Governor Phil Bryant signed into this week discrimination. 

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    Some business owners say they plan to shout with louder voices that they are open for business. Many of the merchants are calling the legislation Governor Phil Bryant signed into this week discrimination. 

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  • Biloxi woman plans protest of House Bill 1523

    Biloxi woman plans protest of House Bill 1523

    Thursday, April 7 2016 9:50 PM EDT2016-04-08 01:50:10 GMT
    Thursday, April 7 2016 9:50 PM EDT2016-04-08 01:50:50 GMT
    Susan Guice created signs to protest the new law. (Photo source: WLOX News)Susan Guice created signs to protest the new law. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    A Biloxi woman is planning to protest the Religious Accommodations Act, the new Mississippi law that opponents say legalizes discrimination against gays and lesbians. Susan Guice said she believes the legislation discriminates against the LGBT community.

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    A Biloxi woman is planning to protest the Religious Accommodations Act, the new Mississippi law that opponents say legalizes discrimination against gays and lesbians. Susan Guice said she believes the legislation discriminates against the LGBT community.

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  • CT banning state-funded travel to MS over controversial law

    CT banning state-funded travel to MS over controversial law

    Thursday, April 7 2016 5:13 PM EDT2016-04-07 21:13:59 GMT
    Thursday, April 7 2016 5:13 PM EDT2016-04-07 21:13:59 GMT
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    Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is banning state-funded travel to Mississippi after the Magnolia State passed legislation he criticized as discriminatory.  

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    Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is banning state-funded travel to Mississippi after the Magnolia State passed legislation he criticized as discriminatory.  

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    Gulfport Mayor on HB1523: We invite everyone to discover the city

    Gulfport Mayor on HB1523: We invite everyone to discover the city

    Thursday, April 7 2016 5:10 PM EDT2016-04-07 21:10:53 GMT
    Thursday, April 7 2016 5:10 PM EDT2016-04-07 21:10:53 GMT

    As people across Mississippi are speaking out about House Bill 1523, Gulfport Mayor Hewes recently joined the conversation.

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    As people across Mississippi are speaking out about House Bill 1523, Gulfport Mayor Hewes recently joined the conversation.

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  • Caesars Entertainment 'disappointed' by passing of HB1523

    Caesars Entertainment 'disappointed' by passing of HB1523

    Thursday, April 7 2016 12:43 PM EDT2016-04-07 16:43:15 GMT
    Thursday, April 7 2016 12:43 PM EDT2016-04-07 16:43:14 GMT
    Caesars Entertainment is the parent company of Harrah’s Gulf Coast (Photo source: WLOX)Caesars Entertainment is the parent company of Harrah’s Gulf Coast (Photo source: WLOX)

    Caesars Entertainment, the parent company of Harrah’s Gulf Coast, joins the list of companies who have issued statements expressing disappointment with Mississippi’s Religious Liberty Accommodation Act.

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    Caesars Entertainment, the parent company of Harrah’s Gulf Coast, joins the list of companies who have issued statements expressing disappointment with Mississippi’s Religious Liberty Accommodation Act.

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  • New business campaign to proclaim 'Everyone's welcome' in Mississippi

    New business campaign to proclaim 'Everyone's welcome' in Mississippi

    Thursday, April 7 2016 12:39 PM EDT2016-04-07 16:39:30 GMT
    Thursday, April 7 2016 12:39 PM EDT2016-04-07 16:39:30 GMT

    How do you market yourself as the Hospitality State when lawmakers are creating ways for businesses not to serve customers? That's why the Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association is launching a campaign called, "EVERYONE'S WELCOME HERE." 

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    How do you market yourself as the Hospitality State when lawmakers are creating ways for businesses not to serve customers? That's why the Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association is launching a campaign called, "EVERYONE'S WELCOME HERE." 

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    USM President: "Happy to confirm" nondiscrimination policy in light of legislation

    USM President: "Happy to confirm" nondiscrimination policy in light of legislation

    Thursday, April 7 2016 12:30 PM EDT2016-04-07 16:30:34 GMT
    Thursday, April 7 2016 12:30 PM EDT2016-04-07 16:30:34 GMT
    Dr. Rodney Bennett Photo Credit: USMDr. Rodney Bennett Photo Credit: USM

    The University of Southern Mississippi President has released a statement regarding The Religious Accommodation law.  

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    The University of Southern Mississippi President has released a statement regarding The Religious Accommodation law.  

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  • Ellen DeGeneres addresses Mississippi's Religious Accommodation law

    Ellen DeGeneres addresses Mississippi's Religious Accommodation law

    Thursday, April 7 2016 11:24 AM EDT2016-04-07 15:24:23 GMT
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    The Religious Accommodation Act that was signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant has drawn national attention. 

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    The Religious Accommodation Act that was signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant has drawn national attention. 

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  • Senator Chris McDaniel releases statement supporting HB 1523

    Senator Chris McDaniel releases statement supporting HB 1523

    Thursday, April 7 2016 10:56 AM EDT2016-04-07 14:56:27 GMT
    Thursday, April 7 2016 10:56 AM EDT2016-04-07 14:56:27 GMT
    Chris McDaniel. Photo Credit: WDAMChris McDaniel. Photo Credit: WDAM

    Senator Chris McDaniel took to Facebook to show his support for HB 1523.  

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    Senator Chris McDaniel took to Facebook to show his support for HB 1523.  

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  • Religious Accommodations bill fallout

    Religious Accommodations bill fallout

    Wednesday, April 6 2016 5:17 PM EDT2016-04-06 21:17:39 GMT
    Thursday, April 7 2016 8:40 AM EDT2016-04-07 12:40:06 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    A controversial bill designed to allow businesses to operate under their religious beliefs is now being eyed closely by states outside of Mississippi.

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    A controversial bill designed to allow businesses to operate under their religious beliefs is now being eyed closely by states outside of Mississippi.

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  • Local restaurateur responds to HB 1523 with welcome signs

    Local restaurateur responds to HB 1523 with welcome signs

    Wednesday, April 6 2016 6:19 PM EDT2016-04-06 22:19:33 GMT
    Wednesday, April 6 2016 6:29 PM EDT2016-04-06 22:29:57 GMT
    Purple Parrot Cafe/Photo credit: WDAMPurple Parrot Cafe/Photo credit: WDAM

    After the Religious Accommodations Act (HB 1523) was signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant Tuesday, restaurateur Robert St. John wanted to make all his customers feel welcome with new entrance signs.

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    After the Religious Accommodations Act (HB 1523) was signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant Tuesday, restaurateur Robert St. John wanted to make all his customers feel welcome with new entrance signs.

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  • Pine Belt mayors react to Religious Accommodations law

    Pine Belt mayors react to Religious Accommodations law

    Wednesday, April 6 2016 5:41 PM EDT2016-04-06 21:41:23 GMT
    Wednesday, April 6 2016 6:01 PM EDT2016-04-06 22:01:35 GMT
    Photo Credit: WLBTPhoto Credit: WLBT

    A day after Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Religious Accommodations Act into law, mayors from the Pine Belt have voiced their opinions on the new law.

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    A day after Gov. Phil Bryant signed the Religious Accommodations Act into law, mayors from the Pine Belt have voiced their opinions on the new law.

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  • breaking

    GE, Pepsi call on lawmakers to repeal Religious Accommodation law

    GE, Pepsi call on lawmakers to repeal Religious Accommodation law

    Wednesday, April 6 2016 4:52 PM EDT2016-04-06 20:52:28 GMT
    Wednesday, April 6 2016 5:01 PM EDT2016-04-06 21:01:11 GMT
    Photo Credit: WLBTPhoto Credit: WLBT

    Several businesses, including GE and Pepsi signed on to an open letter through the Human Rights Campaign urging state lawmakers to repeal HB 1523.  

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    Several businesses, including GE and Pepsi signed on to an open letter through the Human Rights Campaign urging state lawmakers to repeal HB 1523.  

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  • State Democratic party speaks out on Bill 1523

    State Democratic party speaks out on Bill 1523

    Tuesday, April 5 2016 7:55 PM EDT2016-04-05 23:55:49 GMT
    Wednesday, April 6 2016 2:02 AM EDT2016-04-06 06:02:17 GMT

    Mississippi Democratic Party spokesperson, Ouida Meruvia, issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon after Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523 into law. 

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    Mississippi Democratic Party spokesperson, Ouida Meruvia, issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon after Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523 into law. 

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  • Local residents and city leaders react to House Bill 1523

    Local residents and city leaders react to House Bill 1523

    Tuesday, April 5 2016 11:14 PM EDT2016-04-06 03:14:12 GMT
    Tuesday, April 5 2016 11:36 PM EDT2016-04-06 03:36:51 GMT
    Ocean Springs Mayor, Connie Moran, says House Bill 1523 is bad for tourism. (Image Source: WLOX News)Ocean Springs Mayor, Connie Moran, says House Bill 1523 is bad for tourism. (Image Source: WLOX News)

    House Bill 1523 has taken the internet by storm. From celebrities on social media, to other state leaders banning non-essential travel to the Magnolia State, the religious accommodations act continues to spark controversy.

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    House Bill 1523 has taken the internet by storm. From celebrities on social media, to other state leaders banning non-essential travel to the Magnolia State, the religious accommodations act continues to spark controversy. 

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  • Biloxi's mayor: 'We do not discriminate. Period'

    Biloxi's mayor: 'We do not discriminate. Period'

    Tuesday, April 5 2016 9:18 PM EDT2016-04-06 01:18:00 GMT
    Tuesday, April 5 2016 9:18 PM EDT2016-04-06 01:18:00 GMT

    Just hours after Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act into law, Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich went on the record to say, "We do not discriminate, period." 

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    Just hours after Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act into law, Biloxi Mayor Andrew "FoFo" Gilich went on the record to say, "We do not discriminate, period." 

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  • breaking

    Governor Phil Bryant releases statement about signing controversial bill

    Governor Phil Bryant releases statement about signing controversial bill

    Tuesday, April 5 2016 12:40 PM EDT2016-04-05 16:40:03 GMT
    Tuesday, April 5 2016 1:06 PM EDT2016-04-05 17:06:23 GMT
    Governor Phil Bryant: Photo Credit: PhilBryantMS Twitter AccountGovernor Phil Bryant: Photo Credit: PhilBryantMS Twitter Account

    Governor Phil Bryant issued a statement on his Twitter account Tuesday following his signing of House Bill 1523 into law.  

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    Governor Phil Bryant issued a statement on his Twitter account Tuesday following his signing of House Bill 1523 into law.  

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  • Religious Accommodations Act headed to Governor's desk

    Religious Accommodations Act headed to Governor's desk

    Monday, April 4 2016 9:59 PM EDT2016-04-05 01:59:34 GMT
    Tuesday, April 5 2016 12:24 AM EDT2016-04-05 04:24:33 GMT

    The controversial Religious Accommodations Act is on its way to Governor Phil Bryant's desk. Several human rights groups protested outside the Governor’s mansion Monday night rallying to get the bill vetoed. They aren't alone.

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    The controversial Religious Accommodations Act is on its way to Governor Phil Bryant's desk. Several human rights groups protested outside the Governor’s mansion Monday night rallying to get the bill vetoed. They aren't alone.

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  • Mississippi Chamber of Commerce opposes religious objections bills

    Mississippi Chamber of Commerce opposes religious objections bills

    Monday, April 4 2016 9:24 PM EDT2016-04-05 01:24:40 GMT
    Monday, April 4 2016 9:24 PM EDT2016-04-05 01:24:40 GMT
    The Mississippi state chamber of commerce is opposing a religious-objections bill heading to Gov. Phil Bryant's desk.             Mississippi Economic Council President Blake Wilson sent a statement to The Associated Press saying House Bill 1523 conflicts with the organization's non-discrimination policy.             Businesses including Nissan North America, Toyota, Chevron, ...More >>
    The Mississippi state chamber of commerce is opposing a religious-objections bill heading to Gov. Phil Bryant's desk.             Mississippi Economic Council President Blake Wilson sent a statement to The Associated Press saying House Bill 1523 conflicts with the organization's non-discrimination policy.             Businesses including Nissan North America, Toyota, Chevron, ...More >>
  • Mississippi chamber opposes religious-exemptions bill

    Mississippi chamber opposes religious-exemptions bill

    Monday, April 4 2016 6:10 PM EDT2016-04-04 22:10:29 GMT

    The Mississippi state chamber of commerce is opposing a religious objections bill heading to Gov. Phil Bryant to sign or veto.

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    The Mississippi state chamber of commerce is opposing a religious-objections bill heading to Gov. Phil Bryant's desk.

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  • Mississippi chamber opposes religious-exemptions bill

    Mississippi chamber opposes religious-exemptions bill

    Monday, April 4 2016 2:29 PM EDT2016-04-04 18:29:37 GMT
    A quick search of #HB1523 shows people across the nation speaking out against the bill on Twitter. (Photo source: WLOX News)A quick search of #HB1523 shows people across the nation speaking out against the bill on Twitter. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    The Mississippi state chamber of commerce is opposing a religious objections bill heading to Gov. Phil Bryant to sign or veto.

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    The Mississippi state chamber of commerce is opposing a religious-objections bill heading to Gov. Phil Bryant's desk.

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  • Pine Belt pastor, lawmaker react to religious liberty bill

    Pine Belt pastor, lawmaker react to religious liberty bill

    Friday, April 1 2016 7:26 PM EDT2016-04-01 23:26:27 GMT
    Friday, April 1 2016 9:16 PM EDT2016-04-02 01:16:56 GMT
    Photo credit: WDAMPhoto credit: WDAM

    Mississippi's so-called religious liberties bill is gaining national attention, and Pine Belt lawmakers and pastors for and against the bill are explaining their positions.

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    Mississippi's so-called religious liberties bill is gaining national attention, and Pine Belt lawmakers and pastors for and against the bill are explaining their positions. 

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  • How Pine Belt lawmakers voted on controversial religious liberty bill

    How Pine Belt lawmakers voted on controversial religious liberty bill

    Friday, April 1 2016 3:04 PM EDT2016-04-01 19:04:25 GMT
    Friday, April 1 2016 4:43 PM EDT2016-04-01 20:43:02 GMT
    A bill that proponents say will protect people with religious beliefs from being discriminated against is heading to the Governor. Photo Credit: WLBTA bill that proponents say will protect people with religious beliefs from being discriminated against is heading to the Governor. Photo Credit: WLBT

    Mississippi House Bill 1523, also known as the religious liberty bill, has garnered national attention. 

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    Mississippi House Bill 1523, also known as the religious liberty bill, has garnered national attention. 

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  • Religious Accommodations Act gains national attention

    Religious Accommodations Act gains national attention

    Thursday, March 31 2016 8:19 PM EDT2016-04-01 00:19:02 GMT
    Friday, April 1 2016 12:08 PM EDT2016-04-01 16:08:00 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    Legal protection or discrimination? The purpose of the Religious Accommodations Act varies depending on who you talk to. 

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    Legal protection or discrimination? The purpose of the Religious Accommodations Act varies depending on who you talk to. It's passed the House and Senate. 

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  • Religious Accommodations Bill debated at the capitol

    Religious Accommodations Bill debated at the capitol

    Tuesday, March 29 2016 6:01 PM EDT2016-03-29 22:01:08 GMT
    Tuesday, March 29 2016 10:47 PM EDT2016-03-30 02:47:37 GMT

    Tuesday, a group of protesters converged on the state capitol, to rally against House Bill 15-23. If passed, they say the bill would allow religious organizations and private companies to openly discriminate against members of the L-G-B-T community.

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    Tuesday, a group of protesters converged on the state capitol, to rally against House Bill 15-23. If passed, they say the bill would allow religious organizations and private companies to openly discriminate against members of the L-G-B-T community.

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  • Human Rights Campaign calls Religious Accommodations Act discriminatory

    Human Rights Campaign calls Religious Accommodations Act discriminatory

    Wednesday, March 23 2016 8:01 PM EDT2016-03-24 00:01:56 GMT
    Wednesday, March 23 2016 10:44 PM EDT2016-03-24 02:44:11 GMT
    Source: WLBTSource: WLBT

    The Human Rights Campaign argues the state of Mississippi has no business judging religious beliefs.

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    The Human Rights Campaign argues the state of Mississippi has no business judging religious beliefs.

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  • Proposed legislation with religious freedom goal deemed discriminatory by some

    Proposed legislation with religious freedom goal deemed discriminatory by some

    Friday, February 19 2016 7:39 PM EST2016-02-20 00:39:53 GMT
    Friday, February 19 2016 8:21 PM EST2016-02-20 01:21:16 GMT

    The Supreme Court says a same sex couple can legally marry. But some Mississippi lawmakers don't want the government forcing that belief system on everyone. "It doesn't stop someone from being married but if you as a person have an objection to it you can voice that and you're not liable for it," said Rep. Andy Gipson-R. "You can excuse yourself from participating in that." The Religious Accommodations Act could have an impact on churches, health care providers an...

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    The Supreme Court says a same sex couple can legally marry. But some Mississippi lawmakers don't want the government forcing that belief system on everyone.

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