Biloxi City Council to Appeal HB 1523

Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich has spoken against the governor’s decision to sign House Bill 1523 into law. Now, he’s taking his stance one step further.
The mayor plans to issue a resolution during tomorrow’s City Council meeting that calls for the repeal of House Bill 1523. Within the resolution, the mayor says “that the city does not sanction or tolerate discrimination against its citizens or visitors and seeks to preserve and protect the rights of all individuals regardless of religion or identity.”
Today, News 25 caught up with one city councilman who says an act against the governor and the Legislature is not the right move for Biloxi, especially when the city is advocating for money from the BP oil spill settlement to return to the Coast. Biloxi Council President Robert Deming said, “The mayor made his stance. He made a statement on behalf of the city and his position for Biloxi, Mississippi. I think that was strong enough. Continuing to perpetuate our contention with Jackson is the wrong thing to do right now, given what we rely on Jackson to do for us.”
Deming also says no matter what stance you take on the bill, he does not believe the governor signing it into law is going to change the way Biloxi treats its residents or visitors. Deming also believes that sending a letter of appeal to the governor will do nothing but further divide Mississippi by driving a wedge between the Coast and the Legislature.

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