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Mississippi governor signs ‘Freedom of Conscience’ act

Opponents say bill would allow restaurants to discriminate against LGBT patrons

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday signed the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,” which opponents fear will allow restaurant operators to deny service to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender patrons.

In a statement, Bryant said the law, set to go into effect in July, reinforces First Amendment rights to religious freedom.

“This bill does not limit any constitutionally protected rights or actions of any citizen of this state unde

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