GE, Pepsi call on lawmakers to repeal Religious Accommodation law

GE, Pepsi call on lawmakers to repeal Religious Accommodation law

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

The law allows private businesses to refuse service to the LGBT community based off of their religious background and beliefs.

Executives from GE, the Dow Chemical Company, PepsiCo, Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Choice Hotels International, Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., and Whole Foods Market signed the letter.

"It is unfathomable that in 2016, Mississippi has passed a law that explicitly allows LGBT people to be denied service or discriminated against simply because of who they are and whom they love," said HRC President Chad Griffin in a news release. "That's why across Mississippi and the nation, business leaders are speaking out against this discriminatory legislation that harms their employees, harms consumers, and harms their businesses. But there's still time for lawmakers to reverse course and do the right thing. We urge Governor Bryant and state lawmakers to lead Mississippi toward a brighter future and leave the politics of discrimination and prejudice firmly in the past. It's time for them to listen, stand up for all Mississippians, and work quickly to repeal HB 1523."

The full letter read:

Dear Governor Bryant, Lieutenant Governor Reeves & Speaker Gunn:

To see the letter, click here.