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SB 2681 (Miss.)

Mississippi Senate Bill 2681 (2014) is is a legislative Act that would require that “state action shall not burden a person’s right to the exercise of religion” by compelling “any action contrary to a person’s exercise of religion.”
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Coalition of Miss. businesses want LGBT customers to know they’re welcome

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Equality Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. -- Following the Mississippi legislature's recent passage of a religious freedom bill that opponents say could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays, businesses statewide have responded by displaying a decal informing LGBT customers that their business is welcome. [...]

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Miss. governor signs religious freedom bill that could allow anti-gay discrimination

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Gov. Phil Bryant (R-Miss.)
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices. [...]

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Miss. approves religious freedom bill that could allow anti-gay discrimination

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi lawmakers on Tuesday passed the final version of a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices, a measure that sparked debate about possible discrimination against gay people and other groups. [...]

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Miss. Senate sends religious freedom bill back to House as deadline looms

Friday, March 28, 2014
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi lawmakers could try to write a final version of a religious freedoms bill that has sparked concerns about anti-gay discrimination. [...]

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Miss. House approves dramatically altered ‘religious freedom’ bill

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi House vote 80 to 37 Wednesday evening to approve a dramatically altered “religious freedom” bill that simply calls for a joint House-Senate Judiciary committee to prepare a report “regarding proposed legislation that protects the religious freedoms of the citizens of the State of Mississippi.” The [...]

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Miss. lawmakers feel pressure over proposed religious freedom bill

Friday, March 7, 2014
Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. — Lawmakers in conservative Mississippi find themselves in a tug-of-war over a religious freedom bill that some say is uncomfortably similar to one recently vetoed by Arizona's Republican governor. [...]

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Miss. religious freedom bill renews debate on anti-LGBT discrimination

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. -- A gay rights group is asking Mississippi legislators to specify that a religious-practices bill won't open the way for discrimination if it becomes law. [...]

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Miss. House panel advances religious freedom bill

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi House panel on Tuesday changed and passed a bill that says state and local government cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices. [...]

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Mississippi House panel faces deadline on religious freedom bill

Monday, March 3, 2014
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. -- A Mississippi House panel will decide Tuesday whether to kill a religious freedom bill or keep it alive with or without changes. [...]

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Ariz. controversy prompts changes to proposed Miss. religious freedom bill

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Mississippi
JACKSON, Miss. -- A Mississippi House panel is proposing changes that might neutralize concerns about whether a religious freedom bill could lead to discrimination against gay people or other groups. [...]

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