Demand Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Resign

On April 5, by signing HB 1523, Governor Phil Bryant legalized discrimination against LGBTQ people in Mississippi — and he manipulated faith and cherished constitutional rights to justify this reprehensible action.

The state’s new law discriminates against LGBTQ people in a number of different contexts by giving individuals, religious associations and private entities the right to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to “shut the door” on anyone they choose–who might also include unmarried people raising children, unmarried people having sex, and others. This could lead to discrimination at the workplace, at schools, in health care settings, and in public spaces such as stores, hotels or eateries.

Mississippi has the highest proportion of same-sex couples raising children in our nation at 26%. It has one of the highest percentages of Black same sex couples. And Mississippi has the highest number of poor people in the country — many of whom are LGBTQ. These folks already face discrimination and racism. With this law they are going to face more. This is what makes Bryant’s action so despicable. Make no mistake it was knowingly designed to have the biggest negative impact on the most vulnerable.

We the undersigned support the National LGBTQ Task Force’s call for you, Governor Phil Bryant of Mississippi, to resign immediately. By signing a law to legalize discrimination against LGBTQ people in Mississippi; by manipulating faith and cherished constitutional rights; by knowingly attacking some of the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ community; by also knowingly attacking unmarried people raising children and many others; you have lost the moral authority to govern.  Do the decent thing and resign immediately.

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