The country is now being divided on the issue of LGBT rights versus Christians' religious liberties. States are being torn down the middle about it, with some firmly believing that allowing Christians to stand by their values in Biblical marriage means discriminating against gays. Georgia, for example, just caved to LGBT pressure and threw down a religious liberties' bill that would protect pastors from having to ordain same-sex marriages.
But Mississippi is not caving. Fox News reports that Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant just signed a law that would allow Christians to refuse service based on their religious beliefs. This would include cake makers who don't want to bake cakes for gay weddings, as well as pastors who don't want to officiate over same-sex marriages.
Opponents say this bill is terribly discriminatory, but Gov. Bryant tweeted that it solely underscores Americans' Constitutional rights. "This bill merely reinforces the rights which currently exist to the exercise of religious freedom as stated in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution."
Governor Bryant signed the bill within hours of receiving it, showing that he was not deterred by the many opponents. Just for context, North Carolina, who has also done the same, has had major businesses and cities boycott the state over the decision; so Gov. Bryant's decision does not come without pressure and potential consequences.
So far, Mississippi and North Carolina have stood strong in protecting Christians' rights against the growing pressure from the LGBT community. We are so proud of their courage! Do you feel the same way?