States ban funded travel to MS in wake of controversial law

States ban funded travel to MS in wake of controversial law

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - States are starting to ban state-funded travel to Mississippi following the controversial Religious Accommodations Act.

Under the law, signed by Governor Phil Bryant on Tuesday, religious groups and some private businesses can refuse service to anyone based on religious beliefs.

Opponents said the bill legally allows businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals.

"If a baker or photographer says 'My deeply held religious views say I cannot participate in a religious ceremony like a wedding,' the state cannot fine you," Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said. "We cannot take your license away from you. We couldn't end contracts. There's provisions within the law, but that's the basis of it."

In reaction to the law, New York, Vermont and Washington all said their state politicians cannot travel to Mississippi with public funds unless absolutely necessary.

Companies like Nissan and Toyota are also opposed to the bill, saying it goes against their policies of non-discrimination.

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