The campaign for Sanders was first to articulate opposition to bill via a Twitter post late Tuesday hours after Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the measure into law.
We should be working to end discrimination in all forms. This law is a deplorable step in the wrong direction. https://t.co/VIrznIYOCL
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 5, 2016
The Clinton campaign responded via Twitter to the Mississippi law more than 24 hours after Bryant signed the measure. The tweet isn’t signed with an “-H,” which would have indicated the message came directly from Clinton and not the campaign.
Refusing to serve LGBT people because of who they are is discrimination. End of story.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 6, 2016
The Mississippi law, House Bill 1523, is considered the most sweeping law in the nation to enable anti-LGBT discrimination in the name of “religious freedom.” It allows individuals, businesses and non-profit to deny services to same-sex couples and LGBT people. The measure also permits medical professionals to deny transition-related treatment to transgender people.
It’s not the first time Clinton has followed Sanders by several hours in denouncing an anti-LGBT state measure signed into law. After North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed anti-LGBT House Bill 2, Sanders responded shortly afterward, but Clinton responded nearly 24 hours after the governor signed the measure and 11 hours after Sanders.