Governor Phil Bryant announced he will sign Mississippi’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a proposal many argue allows public businesses to deny services to LGBTI customers.
The bill quickly passed through the state legislature earlier this week. On 2 April, as reported by Reuters, the Republican governor issued a statement announcing his intentions.
The bill also includes a measure to add the phrase ‘In God We Trust’ as part of the US southern state’s motto.
After the vote of the state House and Senate the Human Rights Campaign, a LGBTI equality organization, noted the proposal would allow pharmacists to decline providing HIV and hormone replacement therapy drugs. Restaurants, inns, and hotels could deny service to LGBTI families/couples celebrating an anniversary or adoption.
‘While there were many efforts to correct the clearly problematic elements of this legislation, the bill still has the effect of making LGBT people strangers to the law,’ HRC State Legislative Director Sarah Warbelow said in a statement.
Once signed, the act takes effect on 1 July.