This week, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law HB 1523, a bill that facilitates and encourages discrimination of LGBT citizens of our state. The broad backlash from businesses and from citizens both progressive and conservative indicates that such discrimination is not acceptable to many Mississippians. However, it’s not enough to simply oppose such legislation. Now that this discrimination is actively encouraged by state law, it is not unreasonable for members of the LGBT community to assume a business (that doesn’t actively say otherwise) may attempt to refuse service based on “religious belief.”
Hurdle Law Firm does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, race, or religion - we welcome prospective clients from all walks of life. We’ve also recently become one of the early signers of the Mississippi Equality is Our Business pledge, which states that we support workplace equality and “are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, inclusion, fairness and equality. We value our employees regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status and other characteristics that make our employees unique.”
As a law practice, one of our guiding tenets is that everyone deserves a voice in the legal system. We strongly reject the notion that any Mississippian is a “second-class citizen.” While our state government tries to be as unwelcoming as possible, this business and others like it will continue to stand against such efforts by making it clear that LGBT Mississippians and other marginalized members of our community are very much welcome.