On April 5, 2016, the Mississippi Governor signed HOUSE BILL NO. 1523. This bill’s scope is to protect religious conscience from demands of those with differing religious beliefs. The bill does not purport to address marriage in totality but only that characteristic that has to do with the sex (male/female) of the persons claiming a marriage right. Consequently, I see no provision in the bill that is unrighteous or for which homosexuals can raise a legitimate discriminatory claim. If you know of any such provision please point it out to me and I would be glad to consider it.
Section 2 of the bill is given below. This section defines the scope of the religious conscience applicable to this bill; From Section 2 we can see that African Americans and women should have no fear this bill in any way affect existing civil right laws providing them with protection. For example, this bill in no way protects any person who discriminates against an interracial couple; such a person can still be prosecuted under the law.
“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; and
(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.”
There are those in the media and other sources who speak lies or at best half-truths as they put their own spin and bias on the matter. If you are sincere in knowing the truth of the bill I invite you to read the bill for yourself.
Click HOUSE BILL NO. 1523 to view the bill.
To God Be the Glory!