Mississippi Gov: Anti-LGBT Law Prevents Discrimination

| by Michael Allen
Governor Phil BryantGovernor Phil Bryant

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi said on May 12 that his state's new anti-LGBT law is "nondiscriminatory" and "prevents discrimination."

Mississippi's law will allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people and others based upon the business owner's sincerely held religious beliefs. The law goes into effect on July 1.

Bryant made his comments while being interviewed by Tony Perkins, head of the Christian-based Family Research Council, on Perkins' "Washington Watch" radio show, notes Right Wing Watch.

Perkins told Bryant that the American Civil Liberties Union, which is fighting the law, opposes religious freedom when it conflicts with their "liberal agenda on sexuality."

Bryant responded:

Well, of course ... they cherry-pick these issues. If they had any integrity at all, they would say, ‘We understand Mississippi is actually trying to make sure that Christians and people of other faiths are not discriminated against.’ It is a nondiscriminatory law. It prevents discrimination against simply that segment of the population that has a deeply held religious view about marriage.

Bryant mentioned Republican Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina, who recently signed a law banning towns and cities in the state from making laws to prevent LGBT discrimination, such as a pro-transgender bathroom bill that was passed earlier this year in Charlotte.

Bryant added:

And we’re criticized, we’re threatened, we’re bullied, we’re told by corporations that we’re doing the wrong thing? Where on earth have we come to simply say, ‘I do not wish my daughter in her school or in her university to have to have a male in the shower and in the dressing room and in the restrooms.’

I think the rest of the nation is beginning to wake up and say, ‘What world do they think we’re living in? This is not Hollywood, this is not more liberal areas, this is America, where common sense still prevails.'

The ACLU and gay couple, Nykolas Alford and Stephen Thomas, filed a lawsuit against the state of Mississippi over the law on May 9, claiming it violates the 14th Amendment's equal-protection section, reports The Associated Press.

"Our grandparents experienced discrimination for being black, and my parents probably did as well," Alford stated. "My parents were born in the '60s and grew up in the '70s and '80s, and so it's always been a part of our lives. We thought this movement was over, you know? We thought that we would be fine. We thought that we would be equal, and here we are today saying that we're not, and we want equality."

"The ACLU continues its mission of trying to use the federal court system to push its liberal agenda," Bryant countered. "Instead of cherry-picking causes popular with the radical left, the ACLU should allocate its resources defending all civil liberties."

Sources: Right Wing WatchThe Associated Press via ABC News / Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr

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