MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry was vocal against the governor of Mississippi on Saturday for signing legislation that may protect business owners’ ability to discriminate against LGBT customers.
Last week, Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which says that the state cannot infringe on people’s rights to practice their religion. Harris-Perry stood in solidarity with critics of the law and agreed that the legislation will allow people to discriminate against LGBT people based on religious beliefs.
Harris-Perry also pointed out that Mississippi has already discriminated against the LGBT community by not legalizing same-sex marriage and by allowing gay people to be fired or not hired because of their orientation. Mississippi is also one of 29 states in the country where LGBT people can be evicted on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“What you did was to make it even easier than it already was to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians, to deny them services available to everyone else,” said Harris-Perry. “Basically, you gave bigots another avenue to dehumanize their LGBT neighbors.”