Tuesday night on the beach in Biloxi, gay rights activists staged a protest against Mississippi’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The act, which went into effect July 1st, is supposed to protect those with deeply held religious beliefs, but protestors say it will only be used to discriminate against those in the L.G.B.T. community. Mississippi is the 19th state to pass such a law.
Martin Todd Allen, a protestor, says, “We did not need this passed by the state. It was done simply to stir up fear that somehow, lesbian, gay, and transgender people were a threat to the community, and we are not.”
Protesters say their next step is to keep organizing supporters here on the Gulf Coast.