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Reaction to Governor signing controversial bill

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

After Governor Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523 in to law, the responses from other states and potential impacts that could have, came quick.

The state of Vermont is banning for now official travel to Mississippi because of that state's passage of a law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples.  A similar ban was placed on the state of North Carolina after they passed a similar bill.

Before House Bill 1523 even made made it to the Governors desk, several groups had held multiple  rallies at the Capitol, expressing strong opposition. 

Groups that haven't been as vocal in support of the legislation say it provides basic religious freedoms, specifically dealing with marriage. 

"There is a constitutional right to the freedom of religion there is now a constitutional right to same sex marriage.  This bill strikes the balance so that when those are in conflict it is the freedom of religion that will win out." said Mississippi Center for Public Policy President Forest Thigpen.

"All people should be treated with dignity and respect," added Thigpen. "This is specifically tailored to people who have deeply held religious beliefs about marriage itself." 

The Mississippi Manufacturers Association along with Nissan, Toyota and  Ingalls Shipbuilding have also taken a stand against the now signed Religious Accommodations Law. Those companies say the legislation violates their policies for diversity. 

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