While Mississippi Republicans were busy distracting everyone with the idea of gay people destroying America by buying wedding cakes, they were secretly planning to piss off their Republican voter base too, as you will see below.
Not only does the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” otherwise known as House Bill 1523, make it legal to discriminate however you feel like doing so towards LGBT people – it goes a few steps further. The bill actually allows for discrimination if you have had sex before marriage as long as your accuser can claim it is being done for a “sincerely held belief.”
This is not an exaggeration. The text of section two below shows it clearly.
SECTION 2. The sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions protected by this act are the belief or conviction that:
(a) Marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman
(b) Sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage
(c) Male (man) or female (woman) refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth.
If made law in Mississippi, you will now risk being legally discriminated against if there is even a suspicion that you have had pre-marital sex at least once in your life. How this is provable is beyond human comprehension. Lie detectors?
You can be denied employment, denied promotion at work, fired, refused rental of an apartment, kicked out of an apartment, denied service at literally any business – including doctors – all if you look like the kind of person that did the hanky panky at least one time between birth and the president day. That includes single mothers because we all know how much Republicans hate single mothers.
The bill sailed through the state senate, on a 31-17 margin, and is now awaiting the decision of the governor as to whether or not to sign it. If signed, the bill would possibly be the first one that would impact straight people, which could make it something of a tragically ironic law as well as a terrible one. Governor Bryant hasn’t indicated which way he is leaning on this one. Perhaps this will be the one that has finally gone “too far” since it also affects hetero people.
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