Hastings’ Statement on Discriminatory LGBT Mississippi Law
Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement after Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a controversial measure into law allowing businesses and other private organizations to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) individuals based on religious belief:
“Governor Bryant’s decision to sign the so-called ‘religious freedom’ bill is totally unconscionable. Every day, qualified and hardworking Americans are denied job opportunities, harassed, fired, or otherwise discriminated against just because they are LGBT. We should be working together to strengthen protections for these individuals, not implementing laws that sanction discrimination. Prejudice is not a religious liberty, and this misguided effort is, quite simply, wrong.
“Our nation can only truly prosper when all of its citizens are guaranteed equal rights and equal protection in every state. It is our responsibility to ensure that our laws protect the rights of all citizens, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. We have made great progress advancing LGBT rights, and cannot allow the clock to be turned-back. I will continue to stand with the LGBT community in opposition to these types of discriminatory measures.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Senior Member of the House Rules Committee, Ranking Democratic Member of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Democratic Chairman of the Florida Delegation.