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Governor Bryant requests stay of HB 1523

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JACKSON, Miss (AP) -

Yesterday, Governor Bryant filed a notice with a federal appellate court to request a stay of HB 1523.

The bill, which would have allowed some businesses and government employees to cite religious beliefs to deny or delay services to members of the L.G.B.T community, was blocked just before it would have taken effect on July 1. 

Governor Bryant issued this statement in defense of his decision: 

"This is a good law that was democratically enacted and is perfectly constitutional. The district court’s decision is ripe for reversal and we are confident that as this case moves ahead, it will be reversed. The people of Mississippi have the right to ensure that all of our citizens are free to peacefully live and work without fear of being punished for their sincerely held beliefs. And as governor, it is my duty to uphold my oath to defend the people of Mississippi and the laws passed by those entrusted to represent them."

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