Company executives disagree with House Bill 1523 - - Jackson, MS

Company executives disagree with House Bill 1523

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The controversy surrounding the Religious Accommodations Act continues on many different platforms in our state and beyond.

Many top executives have signed their name to a letter that is going to the Governor's desk requesting House Bill 1523 be repealed.

Some of these top executives include Whole Foods Market, The Coca-Cola Company as well as GE.

Dean of St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson said the topic is alarming.

"I think it takes us back," said Rev. O'Connor. "I think it feels a lot like the Jim Crow south."

O'Connor, said the specifics of House Bill 1523 are not detailed.

"I think the bill is very broad, it is very dangerous and from my sense of Christian ethics and morality as a follower of Jesus Christ I think it is a little more than sanctioned legislation for religious discrimination," added O'Connor.

Many top executives from companies across America are in disagreement with Governor Bryant's decision. A letter drafted by the Human Rights Campaign is being sent to state leaders. The letter is strongly urging the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House to repeal the bill.

"I think that will happen. said Rev. O'Connor. "There will be lots and lots of wasted money spent defending this in the federal court system because it will be struck down."

Top executives from ten major companies including Hyatt Hotels, The Dow Chemical Company and the Pepsi Company signed the letter agreeing, it is a bill that does not reflect the values of their companies.

"If I were a politician or the Governor, I would be very concerned about major businesses and employers in this state and academic Millsaps College coming out so publicly against it," added O'Connor. "I think it's politics at its worst in Mississippi."

The American Family Association does support Governor Bryant's House Bill 1523. That company sent a release stating they stand behind Mississippi's leaders and are proud supporters of the bill.

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