JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi law that opponents argue allows businesses to deny services to LGBT people based on their religious beliefs took effect on July 1.
June Gipson, president of My Brother’s Keeper, an HIV/AIDS service organization in Jackson, criticized the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in a statement released through the Elton John AIDS Foundation.
“The HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over, but instead of investing in education and resources needed to help high-risk communities, lawmakers in Mississippi have chosen to legislate in support of discrimination,” she said.
Todd Allen, an LGBT rights advocate who lives in Jackson, last month traveled to New York to confront Gov. Phil Bryant who signed the controversial law in April.
“2014 is turning the tide and making Phil Bryant look like a dinosaur,” Allen told Gay City News.
Hundreds of Mississippi businesses have joined a campaign against the law. They have placed stickers in their windows that read “We don’t discriminate. If you’re buying, we’re selling” as part of a campaign against the law.