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Mississippi Restaurant Owners Worry New Anti-LGBTQ Law Will Hurt Business

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by Whitney Filloon 

This week the state of Mississippi passed incredibly regressive legislature that will allow businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ people. According to the ACLU, the new law will not only let business owners turn people away based on their "moral convictions," but will also make it possible for people to be fired or denied housing based on their religious beliefs, among other travesties.

Mississippi restaurants, clearly concerned about how this new law — which is being called the strongest pro-discrimination law in the U.S. — will affect their businesses, are taking a proactive stance by announcing a campaign the state's tourism board is calling "Everyone's Welcome Here." As a press release explains, the Missisippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association will distribute door decals bearing the slogan to participating restaurants that want to assert they won't be taking advantage of the newly legalized right to discriminate against potential customers; they'll also list participating restaurants in an online directory.




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