Veto SB2681, "Turn Away the Gays" bill

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The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion ...."

With this in mind, we see that the laws being being sent up for approval around the country, which allow open discrimination against the LGBT community are in fact and by definition, unconstitutional and should be struck down immediately, never to be brought up again.

By allowing these laws to exist, our lawmakers are sending a clear and loud message to the public, that message is, "The Constitution is no longer valid and we will not follow the laws upon which this country was founded."

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, would require 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 LGBTQ 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.  

SB 2681, passed the state Senate with 48 yes-votes, zero no-votes, (4 senators absent: Brown, Clark, McDaniel, and Sojourner), and will now go up for  a vote in the House. If passed, it would go into effect July 1, 2014.

The bill would also amend 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.

We, as the people of this nation, have grown tired of having our lawmakers waste time and money on these harmful laws that only cause economic turmoil and hate.

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