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Religious Accommodations bill fallout

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A controversial bill designed to allow businesses to operate under their religious beliefs is now being eyed closely by states outside of Mississippi.

Tuesday, Governor Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523 into law, which some opponents said would discriminate against people in the LGBT community, especially same-sex couples.

Several states reacted quickly to the legislation.

Minnesota is among a handful of states, including New York and Vermont to ban non essential state funded travel to Mississippi.

Some Governors, like Andrew Cuomo from New York call the Religious Accommodations Bill, signed by Governor Bryant, "sad and hateful".

North Carolina, which passed a similar bill, has also been put on some states no-travel list.

The question people are asking is, will that have long term effects on our state?  

The measure has now become the butt of the joke with some comedians.

The website, Funny Or Die made a spoof on a Mississippi Tourism ad, that may bring more winces than laughs for locals.

The ad ends saying Mississippi is worse than North Carolina.

The states film industry could also take a hit from this controversial legislation. Those inside the industry say three films set to be shot here, have now backed out.

A promoter of the Sun and Sand film and music festival on the coast also says A-list actors who planned to attend the summer event, have now pulled out, citing the Religious Accommodations Act as the reason.

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