In her letter, Belinda tells Gov. Bryant, "As the very proud mother of a gay child I can't imagine anything less Christian than using the law as a weapon against others," names LGBT Mississippians who are impacted by the law, and calls on the elected official to repeal HB 1523.
While the work to not only silence this bill once and for all, but to shift the cultural narrative towards full acceptance, is undoubtedly ongoing, the importance of this moment is not to be understated.
Spearheaded by Senator Bob Onder, SJR 39 asks voters to amend Missouri's state constitution to enshrine LGBT discrimination by prohibiting the state from imposing penalties on individuals and religious entities who refuse to participate in same-sex couple's marriage ceremonies due to "sincerely held religious beliefs."
While Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT people who work for state government, two bills, SB 288 and HB 597, continue to progress in legislation.
Yesterday, notable authors John Grisham, Greg Iles, and Julia Reed were among 95 Mississippi writers to pen a letter opposing Mississippi's House Bill 1523, which was recently signed into law. In addition to these writers, numerous celebrities, businesses, organizations, and politicians have begun taking to social media to voice their opposition to Mississippi's discriminatory House Bill 1523
GLAAD and the Tennessee Equality Project gathered in Nashville with Actor and musician Chris Carmack, singer-songwriter and producer Desmond Child, and Tennessee-based LGBT advocates to call on the country music industry to take a stand against discriminatory bills currently pending in Tennessee, which threaten the rights and safety of LGBT people.