Petition filed against Gov. Bryant over HB 1523

Petition filed against Gov. Bryant over HB 1523

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Pine Belt Reverend Dr. Susan Hrostowski has signed a petition, alongside many others, against Governor Phil Bryant in retaliation of House Bill 1523, which went into effect last month.

Hrostowski is a member of Campaign for Southern Equality and currently serves as the vicar of St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Collins, Mississippi, and lives in Forrest County with her wife and their 16-year-old son. She said that if the Court of Appeals accepts the petition, the focus of the argument will be that they consider the bill to be unconstitutional. Hrostowski, as well as her attorney Roberta Kaplan, believe that the bill violates the First and 14th amendment stating that:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…."

and

"... [No state shall] nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

Hrostowski said that she's upset that they lost the 5th Circuit U.S Court of Appeals, but a technicality in the ruling has her unsettled.

"They said that we had not been harmed yet by this law, and therefore, we did not have standing," Hrostowski said. "Which to me is pretty ridiculous because when your state passes a law against a whole group of people, that's pretty painful."

Hrostowski said that if the Court does not accept the petition then, unfortunately, someone will have to be made an example.

"It's the harm to good decent people who just want to live their lives, go in a restaurant and eat a dinner, go to the doctor and get treated," Hrostowski said.