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Mississippi’s governor says Christians willing to be ‘crucified’ to support anti-LGBTI law

Mississippi’s governor says Christians willing to be ‘crucified’ to support anti-LGBTI law

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant says Christians are willing to be persecuted to stand up for anti-LGBTI laws.

Bryant was speaking at them Watchmen on the Wall conference over the weekend where he was presented with Samuel Adams Religious Freedom Award for signing an anti-LGBTI bill into law earlier this year.

Unswayed by the backlash over similar bills in North Carolina and Georgia, Bryant signed ‘Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act’ into law on 5 April.

‘They don’t know that Christians have been persecuted throughout the ages,’ he said.

‘They don’t know that if it takes crucifixion, we will stand in line before abandoning our faith and our belief in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So if we are going to stand, now is the time and this is the place.’

HB 1523 is considered by LGBTI activists to be the worst of the anti-gay bills currently under consideration by state legislatures in the US.

It legally protects religious institutions should they decide to not recognize the legality of same-sex marriages or refuse to place children with qualified, deserving LGBTI families.

It also protects state employees if they refuse to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and sanctions the use of ‘conversion therapy’ to ‘cure’ LGBTI people.