It is also troubling that HB 1523 goes further than similar legislation recently vetoed by the Governor of Georgia, as it allows not only IRS-deemed religious organizations but also the private sector and government, to decline goods and services to persons whose lifestyle they find objectionable. We have seen the negative attention that Georgia and North Carolina have received on this issue and have now seen the attention shift towards Mississippi. MMA fears that future economic development opportunities will be jeopardized if HB 1523 is signed into law.
“It is clear that many of our members find that HB 1523 would violate their corporate policies expressly providing for an inclusive workplace environment that supports diversity. This is not a bill that the MMA supports and we hope that it will not find its way into law,” said Jay C. Moon, President and CEO of the MMA.
MMA respectfully calls on the legislature to reconsider their stance on HB 1523 and for Governor Phil Bryant to veto this bill before it causes any more harm to Mississippi’s image.