The Mississippi Manufacturers Association has joined the list of organizations asking governor Bryant to veto House Bill 1523, calling it a discriminatory bill that would allow individuals, religious organizations and private associations to use religion as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians.
“It is clear that many of our members find that HB 1523 would violate their corporate policies expressly providing for an inclusive workplace environment that supports diversity," said MMA CEO and President Jay Moon. "This is not a bill that the MMA supports and we hope that it will not find its way into law.”
At a rally earlier this evening where HRC President Chad Griffin and others spoke. HRC Mississippi, the ACLU of Mississippi, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood Southeast, and advocates from across Mississippi rallied outside the governor’s mansion urging Governor Bryant to veto HB 1523. HRC had earlier requested that the governor meet with LGBT Mississippians, but that call has gone unanswered -- and today advocates were turned away from his office. HRC also requested that House Speaker Philip Gunn meet with the LGBT community prior to this afternoon’s final vote on the discriminatory bill, another request that was denied.
stand on the right side of history by declaring there is no place for discrimination in Mississippi."
Some of the state’s largest employers, including Nissan Group of North America, Tyson Food Inc, MGM Resorts International, and Toyota have already publicly voiced their opposition to the appalling legislation. National corporations such as AT&T, IBM, Levi Strauss & Co, MassMutual, General Electric, and Hyatt Hotel Corporations have also expressed their deep concerns about the discriminatory measure.
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