Mississippi

Mississippi Gov. Signs Law Allowing Service Denial to Gays

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Mississippi’s governor signed a law on Tuesday that allows public and private businesses to refuse service to gay couples based on the employers’ religious beliefs. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1523, despite opposition from gay-rights groups and some businesses who say it enables discrimination. Some conservative and religious groups support the bill. The measure’s stated…

NAACP Seeks Removal of Mississippi Flag in 2 Coast Counties

GULFPORT, Miss (AP) — The NAACP is asking two more Mississippi counties to stop flying the state flag because it contains the Confederate battle emblem. Multiple media outlets report the civil-rights group made the requests Monday to boards of supervisors in coastal Harrison and Jackson counties. Neither board took immediate action. Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans say they…