Senate Passes Religious Freedom Bill
The Mississippi Senate has passed a bill that says government employees and private business people could cite religious beliefs to refuse licenses or services for same-sex couples who want to marry.
House bill 1523 passed the Senate tonight 31 to 17. It will move back to the House for more work. The bill also says the state could not punish businesses that refuse to sell goods or services to same-sex couples. It also protects religious groups that refuse to let gay or lesbian people be foster or adoptive parents.