MS Business Owners Protest State’s Anti-Gay Law

I plucked this from George Takei’s Facebook feed (yes, that George Takei) and couldn’t manage to swipe the photo that got shared along with it. 😦 But it warms my heart to know this because I once visited the beaches in Mississippi with a friend who was just a little more than that at the time and we both knew we had to be very careful not to get caught doing anything unacceptable – even just holding hands or sitting too close.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In conservative Mississippi, some business owners who support equal treatment for gays and lesbians are pushing back against a new law that bans government from limiting the free practice of religion.

Critics fear the vaguely written law, which takes effect July 1, will prompt authorities to look away from anti-gay actions that are carried out in the name of religious beliefs — for example, photographers refusing to take pictures for same-sex couples because they believe homosexuality is a sin.

Hundreds of businesses, from hair salons to bakeries and art galleries, have started displaying round blue window stickers that declare: “We don’t discriminate. If you’re buying, we’re selling.”

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