Repeal the discriminatory SB 2681, Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • Petitioning Gov. Phil Bryant

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Governor of MIssissippi
Gov. Phil Bryant

Repeal the discriminatory SB 2681, Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    1. Petition by

      Delta Omega Lambda

The SB 2681, "Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act," http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2014/PDF/history/SB/SB2681.xml bill was signed by conservative Republican Governor Phil Bryant, and although he still maintains that the bill does not open doors to potential discrimination, he invited religious leaders, and  anti-gay leader Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council to a private bill signing ceremony for the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The bill went into effect on July 1, 2014.

Like similar bills in Kansas and Arizona, this bill essentially legalizes segregation and discrimination on the basis of religion. It would allow businesses to deny goods or services to any LGBTQ  people and any other person they decide their religious beliefs do not approve of.

SB 2681, Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, requires that “state action shall not burden a person’s right to the exercise of religion”  by compelling “any action contrary to a person’s exercise of religion.” The bill defines “exercise of religion” to mean “the ability to act in a manner that is substantially motivated by one’s sincerely held religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.”

This means that a business could legally discriminate against people if it claims that such discrimination is motivated by their “sincerely held religious belief.” This bill legitimizes discrimination and segregation in Mississippi state law.  

The bill would also amended the state seal to include “In God We Trust.”

This petition is aimed at anyone who believes in the importance of this issue, to LGBTQ and other residents of the state of Mississippi, as well as those everywhere who care about the separation of church and state.

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    1. Reached 4,000 signatures
    2. It's back and worse than before!

      http://www.deepsouthprogressive.com/2014/03/mississippi-lawmakers-resurrect-discrimination-bill.html
      The switchboard number is 601-359-3770.

      Even if you've contacted your representative, it is critical that he hear from you again!

      Mississippi lawmakers resurrect 'license to discriminate' bill, SB 2681

      Senate Bill 2681 has returned to the Mississippi legislature, resurrected by Senate and House Republicans during the last week of the three-month legislative session. SB 2681, the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act (PDF here), is one of many bills introduced in the states this year aimed at creating a "license...

    3. BREAKING via ACLU MS

      Senate Bill 2681, the so-called "religious freedom" bill, has been sent to conference where members from the house and senate are selected to discuss it. The potential discriminatory language will ONCE AGAIN be up for discussion and consideration.

      Call or email your legislator in both the House and the Senate NOW and tell them not to legalize discrimination in Mississippi!

    4. Update

      Certain Mississippi legislators & backers of ‪#‎SB2681‬ are spreading disinformation to confuse the people into thinking that the discriminatory language has been removed from the bill. Mainstream media outlets have been reporting it as fact. Rep. Andy Gipson (who in 2012 implied that gay people should be put to death) said that the bill was nothing like Arizona's bill, & the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reported that the discriminatory language had been "stripped" from the bill. None of this is true. It is like the Arizona law if not worse & anti-gay discrimination remains at the heart of the bill.
      This disinformation campaign is intentional, & it's intended to make you - the people- move on and look away, while our lawmakers codify discrimination into state law under the guise of religious freedom. As CSE Legal Team Leader Meghann Burke told us, "There is no good version of this bad bill."
      We set the record straight here: http://tinyurl.com/ouneq52

      Mississippi Civil Rights pioneer Raylawni Branch confronts Tea Party

      HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Local civil rights pioneer Raylawni Branch disrupted a Tea Party rally in Downtown Hattiesburg Tuesday when she questioned the motives of Tea activists. Ron Vincent (R), who is challenging Congressman Steven Palazzo (R) for his seat in Mississippi's 4th Congressional District, was calling on Palazzo to vote to defund the Affordable Care Act.

    5. URGENT!!!

      SB2681 survived committee, and now goes to the house floor. Rumors say House Republicans are determined to get this bill to the floor asap, maybe today! TAKE ACTION! CALL NOW!
      Rep. Andy Gipson 601-847-0417
      Rep. Kimberly Campbell 601-362-3631
      Rep. Jeramey Anderson 855-537-2639
      Rep. Willie Bailey 662-335-5310
      Rep. Nick Bain 662-287-1620
      Rep. Charles Busby 228-769-0501
      Rep. Gary Chism 662-386-6619
      Rep. Dennis DeBar, Jr. 601-394-3933
      Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon 601-540-1211
      Rep. Jeffrey Guice 228-219-2953
      Rep. Joey Hood 662-547-9818
      Rep. M. Kevan Horan 662-226-1817
      Rep. Timmy Ladner 228-518-0878
      Rep. Sherra Lane 601-381-2355
      Rep. Sam Mims 601-684-0281
      Rep. Alex Monsour, Jr. 601-415-7274
      Rep. John Moore 601-946-5833
      Rep. Brad Oberhousen 601-942-1496
      Rep. Ferr Smith 601-267-9510
      Rep. Tommy Taylor 662-719-1249
      Rep. Joseph Warren 601-797-4702
      Rep. Jason White 662-967-2015
      Rep. Patricia Willis 228-323-4225
      Rep. Adrienne Wooten 601-707-5705
      Rep. Hank Zuber III 228-875-1097

    6. BREAKING: Mississippi House Committee will discuss #SB2681 in the morning!

      BREAKING: Mississippi House Committee will discuss #SB2681 in the morning at 9:45. If you are going to contact the committee and your rep, now is the time. Together, we can effectively kill this bill tomorrow. If not, we will have to fight it on the House floor. Don't let it get that far. Let's bury this terrible bill now. Call your representatives, set your profile to Mississippi equality red (like ours), and let's kill this bill.

    7. Here’s how Mississippians are fighting back against discrimination in SB 26

      Here's how Mississippians are fighting back against discrimination in SB 2681

      Here are the ways we - carried by a groundswell of grassroots opposition - are fighting #SB2681 to make sure anti-gay discrimination isn't written into Mississippi law. Please join us in these efforts: Tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at 8:30 a.m., grassroots activists will show up at the State Capitol in Jackson...

    8. It's NOT Over! Keep calling your state rep! Phone # are located below

      'Right to discriminate' remains in amended version of Mississippi's 'Religious Freedom Act,' but business leaders applaud changes

      The "right to discriminate" remains intact in an amended version of a Mississippi bill that some are calling the state's "Turn Away the Gays" bill. The House Judiciary B-Civil Subcommittee's amended version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does little to remove the problematic elements of the bill that had...

    9. Reached 3,000 signatures
    10. Update

      SB2681 did not come up for a vote this morning. Rep. Hood presenting info to committee on amendments.

    11. Victory?

      Although there are reports that the wording of the bill has been changed and the discriminatory items have been removed by the Mississippi House Civil Subcommittee. There is still no official confirmation of this. As soon as the bill is posted on the Mississippi Legislature website, we will post the information.

    12. Reached 2,500 signatures
    13. Mississippi Senate's religious freedom bill under scrutiny

      Mississippi Senate's religious freedom bill under scrutiny

      The Mississippi Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 2681 on January 31, which will enact the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act and add "In God We Trust" to the state seal. "We're so excited that it has passed the Senate," said Senator Joey Fillingane (R- Dist. 41).

    14. Reached 2,000 signatures
    15. You can also call your Representative

      Contact your representatives and urge them to SAY NO to HB 2681 because Mississippi DOES NOT SUPPORT DISCRIMINATION!

      Rep. Andy Gipson - 601-847-0417
      Rep. Kimberly Campbell - 601-362-3631
      Rep. Jeramey Anderson - 855-537-2639
      Rep. Willie Bailey - 662-335-5310
      Rep. Nick Bain - 662-287-1620
      Rep. Charles Busby - 228-769-0501
      Rep. Gary Chism - 662-386-6619
      Rep. Dennis DeBar, Jr. - 601-394-3933
      Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon - 601-540-1211
      Rep. Jeffrey Guice - 228-219-2953
      Rep. Joey Hood - 662-547-9818
      Rep. M. Kevan Horan - 662-226-1817
      Rep. Timmy Ladner - 228-518-0878
      Rep. Sherra Lane - 601-381-2355
      Rep. Sam Mims - 601-684-0281
      Rep. Alex Monsour, Jr. - 601-415-7274
      Rep. John Moore - 601-946-5833
      Rep. Brad Oberhousen - 601-942-1496
      Rep. Ferr Smith - 601-267-9510
      Rep. Tommy Taylor - 662-719-1249
      Rep. Joseph Warren - 601-797-4702
      Rep. Jason White - 662-967-2015
      Rep. Patricia Willis - 228-323-4225
      Rep. Adrienne Wooten - 601-707-5705
      Rep. Hank Zuber III - 228-875-1097

    16. Reached 1,000 signatures
    17. MS Dem:I voted for‘Turn Away the Gays’because I didn’t know what was in it

      Mississippi Dem: I voted for 'Turn Away the Gays' because I didn't know what was in it

      A Mississippi Democratic state senator says he voted for a discriminatory law that would allow businesses to turn away gay customers because he "was not aware of this intention or possible result." Sen. David Blount, who represents the 29th District, posted the message to his Facebook account this morning. The...

    18. MS lawmakers weigh impact of Religious Freedom Act during national debate

      Miss. lawmakers weigh impact of Religious Freedom Act during national debate

      Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday was noncommittal about the pending Mississippi "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," one of numerous bills proffered in legislatures across the nation that opponents are saying would allow discrimination against gay people and others. "What little bit I've heard about it - I'm depending on the legislative process and I hate to comment on it at this point," Bryant said.

    19. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Matthew Gordon RICHLAND, MS
      • about 1 month ago

      Everyone is free to believe whatever they want. They are not free to treat other people poorly because of it. KKK members can be rascist, but if they deny a person service based on race, that is discrimination. It is illeagal, unethical, immoral, and wrong. Discriminating because of religion, gender, gender orientation, ethnicity, or national origin is also wrong. This bill is essentially carte blanche for anyone to treat others as less than human. It isn't restoring any freedom; it is restoring a privelege to act better than others.

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    • Garland White PATRICK, SC
      • 2 months ago

      I live in sc and I know what it's like to be discriminated against for being a lesbian. this bill is pure ignorance. stop the hate.

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    • Eleanor Mendelson LEAWOOD, KS
      • 3 months ago

      I'm a bisexual and the idea that a business would turn me away for something I cannot control is sickening.

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    • Soul Mystique OLIVE BRANCH, MS
      • 3 months ago

      I'm a trans-female living in mississippi who's already been subject to the ignorant bigotism here... I don't want this state to plunge back into the dark ages... Good people still live here....

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    • miss Glenda Dees PENSACOLA, FL
      • 3 months ago

      Because we all should have equal rights to everything . We are human too God made us too .

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