Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is ending the Legislative Session strong, planning to sign two bills passed by the House this week. First is a religious freedom bill, which prevents the government from burdening or restricting citizens from practicing their religion. A similar bill was vetoed in other states, including Arizona. The Governor says while there was concern the bill would discriminate against the L.G.B.T. community, the intent is to protect the rights of citizens.
Bryant says, "When you start talking about religion in the public sector, in the public arena, people are going to have emotions one way or the other. This bill that I appreciate has been passed in 18 other states, very similar. It mirrors the 1993 act signed by Governor, then President, Bill Clinton. I think it does just what it says. It protects religious freedoms of the individuals as the Constitution dictates that we should do." Governor Bryant also says he will sign the bill passed Tuesday, banning abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy. The Governor says his own daughter is 20 weeks pregnant and after seeing ultrasounds, he is standing firm in his pro-life position.