Governor Phil Bryant releases statement about signing controversial bill

Governor Phil Bryant releases statement about signing controversial bill

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

The statement read,

I am signing HB 1523 into law to protect sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations and private associations from discriminatory action by state government or its political subdivisions, which would include counties, cities and institutions of higher learning. This bill merely reinforces the rights which currently exist to the exercise of religious freedom as stated in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

You can view the governor's tweet here.

The now-law garnered national attention for allowing private businesses to refuse service to the LGBT community based off of their religious background and beliefs.

To see how The Mississippi House of Representatives voted on the bill, click here. 

To see how The Mississippi Senate voted on the bill, click here.