John M. Becker

WATCH: Melissa Harris-Perry Rebukes Mississippi Gov.

Filed By John M. Becker | April 07, 2014 7:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Politics
Tags: Betty Bowers, Christianists, discrimination, Melissa Harris-Perry, Mississippi, MSNBC, Phil Bryant, religious freedom, religious liberty, special rights

melissa-harris-perry-bryant.jpgThis Saturday, in the regular "Open Letter" segment of her MSNBC show Melissa Harris-Perry, MHP addressed Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, rebuking him for signing a "right to discriminate" bill targeting the LGBT community.

Perry says:

"[W]e only have to look to Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, who was at your side during the private bill signing, to get a clear example of just who the law will protect. Like, as Perkins said... 'a wedding vendor, whose orthodox Christian faith will not allow her to affirm same-sex 'marriage.''

Yeah, we can see you, governor.

It's not like the people of Mississippi are under the thumb of onerous state laws that protect LGBT people. Same-sex marriage is banned in Mississippi by constitutional amendment. You can't even have a wedding for a vendor to refuse to work!

And you can already be discriminated against for your sexual orientation in Mississippi. You can be fired or not hired just for being gay. You can be denied housing. So, governor, what you did was make it even easier than it already was to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians. To deny them services available to everyone else. Basically, you gave bigots yet another avenue to dehumanize their LGBT neighbors.

Preach, MHP! Watch her read her open letter, after the jump.

One quick note, though: the reason Mississippi's "right-to-discriminate" law doesn't explicitly include businesses is because it doesn't have to -- Mississippi state law already includes businesses under the word "person", so the measure does, in fact, apply to businesses as well.

Click here to read the full text of MHP's letter.

h/t: David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement.

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