Local restaurateur responds to HB 1523 with welcome signs

Local restaurateur responds to HB 1523 with welcome signs

HATTIESBURG, MS (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.

John posted pictures of the signs to some of his restaurants' Facebook pages that all are welcome to his restaurants.

The signs read, "Through these doors all are welcome, all are appreciated, and all are loved."

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Although John hung up the signs on Wednesday, he said this is the motto he has operated by for the past 30 years.

The signs are posted on all of his restaurant doors including Crescent City Grill, Purple Parrot Café, The Branch, Mahogany Bar and Ed's Burger Joint.

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