On April 5, 2016, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law H.B. 1523, "The Religious Liberty Accommodations Act." More than 75 major national corporations and businesses have spoken out against the horrific measure, that would allow individuals, religious organizations and private associations to use religion to discriminate against LGBTQ Mississippians in some of the most important aspects of their lives, including at work, at schools, and in their communities.
On May 1, hundreds of equality advocates joined HRC, NAACP, ACLU of Mississippi, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood and other rights organizations and leaders demanding repeal of H.B. 1523 during a rally on the steps of the State Capitol.
Following Kansas and North Carolina, Mississippi becomes the third state this legislative session to sign into law an explicitly anti-LGBTQ bill. Learn more about Mississippi's discriminatory bill here.
The existing patchwork of legal protections for LGBTQ people in the United States leaves millions subject to uncertainty and potential discrimination. That’s why the Human Rights Campaign is working with lawmakers and advocates to pass the Equality Act in Congress, as well as strong non-discrimination protections at the state and local levels.
Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBTQ equality in Mississippi alongside state and local groups and lawmakers.
In an unprecedented effort to bring equality to Mississippi, HRC launched Project One America, a comprehensive campaign to dramatically expand LGBTQ equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas.
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All God’s Children is a public education and engagement campaign that aims to strengthen the foundation of public support for LGBTQ Mississippians, aid in the passage of pro-equality legislation, and bolster efforts to win marriage equality for Mississippi’s LGBTQ couples.