Jackson, MS – Be careful when you go to the bathroom in the South because the restroom you choose may be against the law.
In Mississippi, what some are calling “the worst religious freedom bill to date” has been passed by the senate and could soon become law.
Critics say the bill would allow discrimination– based on religious beliefs– against not only the Gay community but also anyone who has had extramarital sex.
The bill allows schools, employers, and others all kinds of leeway in discriminating against transgender and Gay individuals in everything from employment to dress and grooming standards.
But others claim the bill is really about allowing the “religious freedom” to “people of faith” who object– conscience-wise– to assisting a same-sex couple.
The governor of Georgia vetoed a similar bill there, after proposed boycotts threatened to cost that state millions in lost revenue.
And now, North Carolina’s bathroom bill that became law last week is facing corporate pressure from Starbuck’s, Bank of America, and others who want it repealed.
“Not only is this new law a national embarrassment, it will set North Carolina’s economy back if we don’t repeal it,” North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper demanded.
Chris Sgro, executive director of Equality NC, echoed that sentiment. “The fact remains that transgender people are at real risk for discrimination and violence under this bill, which directly encourages hate.”
One thing’s for sure, the bathroom is becoming a messy place for a fight!