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Religious Liberty Win for Mississippi despite Misinformation Campaign and Legal Assault Funded by Big Business

Mississippi’s Protecting the Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act will remain in place as the Supreme Court has allowed an appeals court’s ruling to stand.

H.B. 1523, which was signed by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant in 2016, was designed to protect religious organizations and business owners from being persecuted for their beliefs affirming traditional marriage. Specifically, it prevents the government from fining or otherwise punishing churches and wedding vendors that will not participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies.

As you know, the radical Human Rights Campaign (HRC) loathes the concept of 1st Amendment protections for those who don’t celebrate the left’s marriage agenda. HRC coordinated the misinformation campaign against H.B. 1523 and organized the liberal business community in opposition. 75 corporate leaders signed HRC’s letter in an attempt to bully Mississippi for protecting religious liberty:

15Five
8VC
Accompany
Affirm, Inc.
Airbnb
Aspect Ventures
Bloomberg L.P.
Box
Brocade Communications Systems
Capital One
Castlight Health
Choice Hotels International
Coca-Cola Company
Cowboy Ventures
CVS Health
Dow Chemical Company
Dropbox
Emerson Collective
Etsy
Eventbrite
GE
Glassdoor
Gogobot
Intel
John Hancock Financial
Joyus
KPMG LLP
Levi Strauss and Co.
Logitech
Madison-Reed
Matrix Partners
Nextdoor
NextLesson
Northrop Grumman
OutCast Agency
Pepo
Pramana Collective
PwC
Quotient
RadPad
Salesforce
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
StyleSeat
The Battery
Tumblr
Uber
Warby Parker
Williams-Sonoma
Zynga

Shortly after it was passed, H.B. 1523 was challenged by the ACLU and the LGBT advocates at Lambda Legal. However, in June 2017, the the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the plaintiffs could not prove they had been injured by the law and therefore had no legal standing.

While the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case means the appellate court’s decision and H.B. 1523 stand, Lambda Legal is desperate to find a way to kill these protections for those who will not succumb to the left’s bullying. As soon as the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, Lambda Legal launched a search for any “victim” that can serve as an avenue for the next legal challenge to the law.

To Lambda Legal and HRC, Mississippi’s H.B. 1523 represents an enormous obstacle to the LGBT agenda because it is a blueprint for protecting citizens in every state. Essentially, the law prevents activists from coming after cake bakers and florists like we’ve seen in Oregon, Washington, and Colorado.

Furthermore, their assault on the 1st Amendment is enabled by complicit corporations that carry the water for the left’s agenda on this issue. You can see more on the companies that support HRC on our resource page here. We also have a have found the following corporations, in addition to several law firms, are listed as sponsors of Lambda Legal:

AARP
American Airlines
Gilead Sciences
MasterCard
Merrill Lynch (Bank of America)
Northern Trust
Toyota
Wells Fargo

Use the links to see the scorepages for these corporations and use the contact buttons on their pages to tell these companies to stop funding the left’s legal assault on 1st Amendment protections.

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