Friday, April 1, 2016

Mississippi's audacious license to discriminate (updated)

Backward Mississippi
Mississippi's obnoxious anti-LGBT legislation got a step closer to becoming law yesterday when the state's Senate voted 32-17 in favor. It has already passed the House but returns to that chamber for approval of an amendment. HB-1523 is on Jesus's freight train to enactment. What? You think these laws have a secular purpose?

Update (11:00 am): The House approved the amendment and sent the bill to the governor who is expected to sign it.

This bill is ADF's wet dream. It allows pretty much anyone to discriminate if they don't like gay or trans people:
The sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions protected by this act are the belief or conviction that:

(a) Marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman;

(b) Sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage; and

(c) Male (man) or female (woman) refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth.
The “good” news is that this law won't change a thing. Mississippians already have the right to discriminate and no political sub-division has an applicable nondiscrimination ordinance. A few cities have passed non-binding resolutions but that's about a far as things go in this backward state. This law would preempt any municipal ordinance should one of these places become civilized in the future.

A table of the state's largest employers is in a prior post.

Mississippi has other problems. Perhaps these good Christians should be more focused on education. In both fourth grade and eighth grade mathematics proficiency, the state ranked 46 out of 50 in 2015. Good job! But I bet that they know their Bible. Priorities are everything. Amen brothers and sisters.

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