Topics :: Mississippi

Miss. Governor Signs Religious Practices Bill

By Emily Wagster Pettus | Friday Apr 4, 2014
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Miss. Governor to Sign Anti-Gay ’Religious Freedom’ Bill

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday Apr 3, 2014
Mississippi’s Republican Governor Phil Bryant said he plans to sign a religious freedom bill that could allow business owners deny service to LGBT customers based on their religious beliefs.

Anti-Gay ’Religious Practices Bill’ Headed To Miss. Governor

Wednesday Apr 2, 2014
Mississippi lawmakers passed the final version of a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices, a measure that sparked debate about possible discrimination against gay people and other groups

FRC’s Tony Perkins Takes Victory Lap At Passage of Miss. Discrimination Bill

By EDGE | Wednesday Apr 2, 2014
Hate group leader Tony Perkins of Family Research Council praised Mississippi lawmakers for passing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Tuesday and urged Governor Phil Bryant to sign the potentially anti-gay legislation.

Miss. Lawmakers Have Busy Agenda in Final Week

By Emily Wagster Pettus | Monday Mar 31, 2014
Mississippi lawmakers are scheduled to finish their three-month session the end of this week, and they have plenty of work left to do.

Miss. Religious-Practices Bill Goes to Negotiation

Friday Mar 28, 2014
Mississippi lawmakers could try to write a final version of a religious-practices bill that has sparked concerns about anti-gay discrimination.

Miss. News Anchor Tells LGBT Community to Take a ’Gaycation’

By Jason St. Amand | Friday Mar 28, 2014
A local news anchor for Mississippi’s ABC and CBS-affiliated station WLOX is coming under fire this week for making controversial remarks in a Facebook post about the LGBT community.

Mississippi Travel Advisory

By EDGE | Thursday Mar 13, 2014
GetEQUAL Mississippi -- a statewide grassroots social justice organization working toward the full equality of all LGBT Mississippians -- has issued a "travel alert" to any LGBT person planning travel to the the state.

Miss. Religion Bill Draws Debate on Discrimination

By Emily Wagster Pettus | Thursday Mar 6, 2014
A gay-rights group is asking Mississippi legislators to specify that a religious-practices bill won’t open the way for discrimination if it becomes law.

Mississippi City Adopts LGBT Diversity Proposal

Thursday Mar 6, 2014
The Oxford Board of Aldermen has adopted a resolution that spells out the city’s official stance when it comes to discrimination and diversity.