Three States Ban Travel to Mississippi

“Thou shalt not travel to Mississippi” demand the governors of Washington, New York, and Vermont.  Mississippi’s new legislation is believed to be mean spirited and discriminatory and thus these governors feel it is in their power to limit travel of their own citizenry.

Reminiscent of the big brother behavior of the Mayor of San Fransisco, who made similar demands of city employees banning travel to North Carolina, these governors are overstepping their authority.

The mayoral panties are all twisted up because North Carolina has passed legislation preventing anti-discrimination protection for lesbian, gay and transgender people thus nullifying a Charlotte ordinance that allowed for transgender bathroom use of the opposite gender.

City workers were banned by the Lee from “non-essential” travel to North Carolina, Truth and Action reports.

The Mississippi legislation is viewed as discriminatory against the LGBT community, yet in actuality it protects all citizens of Mississippi from government over reach by protecting “sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations and private associations.”

Citizens of Mississippi who hold religious convictions are given the freedom to exercise their faith without repudiation. Under this legislation, people of faith will be protected if they deny wedding services to same-sex couples.  It also allows employers to take their religious beliefs to inform such work place values such as dress code and bathroom or locker access.

The legislation does not remove civil rights from any one group, but strengthens the First Amendment for all.

In Mississippi, all citizens are protected under the newly signed HB1523, legislation that was written to protect the First Amendment rights of all people and protect those who hold deeply held religious convictions.  Yet the governors of multiple states are condemning the Mississippi law as discriminatory against the LGBT community.

The Mississippi law allows people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples and permits employers to use religious beliefs as justification in determining workplace policies, such as dress code, grooming and bathroom and locker access.

As a way to punish Mississippi, “Vermont, Washington state and New York‘s governors all banned official state-funded or sponsored travel to Mississippi on Tuesday. The District of Columbia is considering a similar measure.”

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York, “This Mississippi law is a sad, hateful injustice against the LGBT community, and I will not allow any non-essential official travel to that state until it is repealed.  Discrimination is not a New York value. We believe our diversity is our greatest strength, and we will continue to reject the politics of division and exclusion.”

The discrimination of 99.7% of the rest of America is acceptable to left-wing activist law makers, as long as the LGBT crowd is happy.

Vermont, Washington state and New York‘s governors all banned official state-funded or sponsored travel to Mississippi on Tuesday. The District of Columbia is considering a similar measure.

“Discrimination is not a New York value. We believe our diversity is our greatest strength, and we will continue to reject the politics of division and exclusion,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) in a statement.  “This Mississippi law is a sad, hateful injustice against the LGBT community, and I will not allow any non-essential official travel to that state until it is repealed.”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said his state’s ban will remain as long as Mississippi’s law exists “in its current form.”

The Mississippi law allows people with religious objections to deny wedding services to same-sex couples and permits employers to use religious beliefs as justification in determining workplace policies, such as dress code, grooming and bathroom and locker access.

“Big brother government now believes that banning travel to another state is justified and American, explains Truth and Action.”  As more states take a stand for the rights of all, which steps on the toes of those who coddle the LGBT community, our nation will splinter on state lines.  Governors and mayors who believe that they can tell their constituents where they can travel, miss the fact that they are restricting personal rights.

I have signed House Bill 1523. Full statement:

Source: Huff Post   Truth and Action

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