Senator Hillman Frazier thinks he was put between a rock and a hard place on the now-controversial vote. He says the presentation of the religious freedom restoration act was a well-calculated move by its supporters.
"By amending the bill, it made it very difficult for some of the members," said Frazier. "Because it's very hard to go to your district and explain why you voted against God."
He was referring to the amendment that was tacked onto the Senate bill. It would add "in God we trust" to the state seal. Senator Willie Simmons also says he didn't realize the possible problems with the original bill.
"If you look at the definition of it, somewhat vague but it seemed to be harmless from the interpretation that we were given on the floor," admitted Simmons.
The bill's author, Senator Phillip Gandy stands by that interpretation.
"It is not the booger that some people are trying to make it out to be," said Gandy. "It had nothing to do with Arizona. It's just unfortunate that the Arizona law that they were trying to get passed got confused with this one."
The LGBT community thinks the bill would promote discrimination instead of protecting religious freedom.
"I don't think it would harm anyone," Gandy explained. "To read that in there, I don't see it. I really don't see it."
Gandy said he has no problem with the House amending the bill to remove any doubts about the intent. Senator Simmons is glad the house can serve as a check and balance in this case.
"We certainly do not want to roll the hands of time backwards and go back where an individual's values and or thoughts can eliminate someone from participating in an event or making money in the state of Mississippi," said Simmons. "We do not want that."
Arizona already has a religious freedom and restoration act. The bill vetoed by the Governor this week would have amended that.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:19 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:19:17 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:24:15 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:39:00 GMT
MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
We're in the beginning of Fall Harvest season and some Holmes County farmers are already experiencing set backs. A number of thefts targeting farmers have been reported in Holmes County. Sheriff WillieMore >>
Sheriff Willie March says his department has received four reports of stolen farm equipment. Some of the stolen tractors are valued at up to $55,000 dollars.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:23:56 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there.More >>
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