HB1523 would provide protections for those who refuse to service and mistreat customers in public spaces on the basis of religion. It would allow virtually anyone, including religious organizations, employers, businesses, foster care/adoption agencies, housing institutions, healthcare organizations, clergy, even governmental officials, to discriminate against other people in the name of religious liberty. We oppose HB1523 because it would allow religion to be used for blatant discrimination. Instead of protecting religious freedom, this law would use freedom of religion to cover prejudice and to justify discrimination.
Mississippi Redistricting Report 2021