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.