MISSISSIPPI: State Sen. Jenifer Branning Takes Down Campaign Facebook Page After Passage Of Hate Bill

Mississippi state Sen. Jenifer Branning has taken down her campaign Facebook page after last night’s passage of a sweeping anti-LGBT “license to discriminate” bill that some are calling even worse than the one just enacted in North Carolina.

Branning spent hours at the Senate podium defending the bill to angry Democrats, one of whom introduced an amendment that would have required posting signs at the state border which announce that discrimination is legal in Mississippi.

That amendment was rejected by the same vote margin by which the underlying bill later passed.

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports on last night’s action:

House Bill 1523 would allow clerks to deny same-sex marriage licenses to gay couples because of their religious beliefs and not face any repercussions. It would also allow private businesses and faith-based organizations to refuse services based on those same beliefs without retribution.

Sen. Jenifer Branning, R-Philadelphia, presented the bill to the Senate. Debate bill lasted over two hours.

“This is presenting a solution to the crossroads we find ourselves in today as a result of Obergefell v. Hodges,” Branning said, referring to the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriages. “Ministers, florists, photographers, people along those lines — this bill would allow them to refuse to provide marriage-related business services without fear of government discrimination.”

Opponents of the bill say the bill could allow discrimination of those in the LGBT community and possibly single mothers, but Branning said the bill deals only with same-sex marriage.

The bill states that marriage should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman; sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage; male (man) or female (woman) refers to an individual’s sex at time of birth.

  • MikeinATL

    Bigot is also a coward.

    • drbloor

      Bigot is also as dumb as a sack of hammers if she thinks the bill is a “solution” to anything except burning through the state’s budget for legal challenges.

      • boatboy_srq

        As long as it keeps state funds from doing things for Those People™ that’s probably just fine by her.

      • Oh’behr

        Ack, they get so much red state, net taker, white people, welfare money from Blue giver states, what does Mississippi care how much money it burns.

    • nocadrummer

      What a surprise
      They usually are.

  • bkmn

    Something tells me she is not going to have a very good day.

    • Robincho

      At least she’s prompt. April Fool’s isn’t until tomorrow…

  • Matt

    She seems real nice. I blame poor parenting.

    • oikos

      I blame inbreeding.

      • Todd20036

        I blame inadequate access to RU-486

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Exactly why abortion should be safe AND legal!!

          • oikos

            and free

          • jmax

            And retroactive.

          • Dr.Fry

            Great; you pretty much summed it up; socialism = murderous fascism…

          • jmax

            I’m sorry, I don’t recall mentioning socialism.

          • oikos

            Trolls love calling everything socialism. They think it is interchangeable with communism and fascism.

          • Robincho

            Like a good postmortem mormon baptism…

          • Craig Howell

            And, in certain states, frequent!

          • ThinkAboutIt

            Oh, it will be. After they’ve discovered the “gay gene”, cons will fall in love with selective abortion…

          • Salark

            Until the “assholery gene” is found, there’s no significant benefit for that from abortion…

        • i thought it was LV-426.

        • Robincho

          Yet she has plenty of access to RU-FuckingKiddingMe…

        • SunnyDay

          I simply blame her. She has been alive long enough to form her own opinions. She is choosing to be this type of scumbag.

    • Psych-0-logist

      Odd thinking. If somebody’s an asshole its his/her parents fault?

      • SunnyDay

        It was snark. We both are being too literal. 😉

  • What a delicate butterfly Ms. Branning is! She can ladle out hate and bigotry with impunity, but can’t weather the backlash downpour of disgust.

    • MarkOH

      Exactly., These bigoted haters seem to “forget” that free speech goes both ways.

      They can be assholes
      We can call them out on it as the ignorant, worthless people they are.

      • Brian in Valdosta

        Sir, you give them too much credit (you know: for being “people”).

    • Librarykid

      When one is involved in a shit fight, one must expect to have to dodge incoming shit as well as throwing shit. I would imagine that it is important to remove white gloves before engaging in this, just like one removes gloves before pouring tea. Manners can make life more pleasant, but can only go so far when dealing with rank bigotry and hatred, to say nothing of violating the Constitution of the United States of America. Now, about all of those government contracts and installations in your state…

    • Paula

      You, LGBTs are a big bunch of meanies! She is just a poor, gawd-fearin x-tian woman that is expressing her deeply held religious beliefs on how much she hatez teh Geyz. It says so in her buybull. She is going to heavin someday.

      • David Walker

        Too late for us, though.

        • oikos

          Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

          Mark Twain

          • David Walker

            Oh, honey, those words would be inscribed on my tombstone, if I were to have one.

          • Harley

            I use that phrase all the time.

          • StSean

            That way you’ll have the best of Florida!

      • Frostbite

        If she really was a deep christian woman she’d be in the kitchen making sandwiches and babies and leave the lawyering for the menfolk. She’s going to hell.

      • I am a meanie! And I am horrible, awful, and cruel as well! She better keep herself off my lawn, or I’ll sick my dog on her….as soon as I get a lawn and a dog.

      • 2karmanot

        Gawd bless her teeny, tiny, little heart!

      • Oh’behr

        I hope she’ll go to heaving.

      • D. J.

        I wonder if she has a past like Quimmie Davis that will come to light? The hypocrisy is strong in this one…

    • I’m proud of my own tiny role in that. 🙂

      • Oh’behr

        Me too.

        • I was only sharing my sincerely held religious beliefs about her.

      • You should be!!

    • Dean Cameron

      I guess Senator branning has learned, ” If you can’t take the Heat, stay out of the Bitchin'”!

      • 2karmanot

        Ah huh!

      • Nah, she hasn’t learned a jot. She just thinks that folks are being mean to her, and doesn’t understand why!!!

    • Here’s something…

      Her Facebook law practice page is still up. And receiving comments.

  • you know that little umbrella that Wiley E Coyote always used? Bitch, you may want to stock up.

    • David Walker

      Acme stock soars.

      • Robincho

        I hope the legal anvil that one day drops on her head will be manufactured by Acme…

        • David Walker

          She deserves only the best.

  • watchthewingnuts

    This is what happens when you take away the ability of bigoted “christian” Southerners to persecute people of color… they simply start persecuting the next best minority they can find. These are the most miserable of miserable human beings and I honestly don’t think these people are happy unless they can find some group to label as “lesser” than themselves.

    I guess if you’re a GOP puppet legislator in Mississippi you have to do something to make yourself feel like less of a piece of human trash.

    • Hal Watts

      Right on! I grew up in the South. The white trash are always on the lookout for someone to look down upon…..

    • Robincho

      *hunts madly for LBJ quote on this very topic*

      • April

        “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket.”

        • Goodboy

          Typical Republican electorate except not so PC in vocabulary.

  • oikos
  • Sam_Handwich

    her regular campaign website is still up with a contact link and email address
    [email protected]

    http://www.branningforsenate.com/

    and here’s her MS Senate page

    http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/members/senate/branning.xml
    [email protected]

    • Pollos Hermanos

      You forgot her office phone number:

      (601)359-3246

    • Joe in PA

      I think her campaign website is done…I got:

      (I’ll try her senate address)

    • Bluto

      TIP: Any gibberish entered for name, email & location is accepted.

  • Pollos Hermanos
  • Todd20036

    Lady, there is a tree on this planet that is providing you the oxygen you breathe.

    You owe it an apology.

    • boatboy_srq

      Her type would probably give it a chainsaw instead.

    • Christopher

      Here you go. For future postings. I’m sure this will get plenty of use.

  • YakHerder

    How about an amendment to introduce a new government agency: the “Mississippi Department of Religious-Sincerity Investigation”. I mean, if you want a special exemption to break the law—the laws that you and me and everyone else in the state are required to follow—based solely on your supposedly “sincerely held” religious beliefs, don’t expect us to just take your word for it. Here’s how it will work:

    Florist: “I don’t want to sell flowers to this couple for their wedding because it’s a yucky gay wedding and I’m a Christian and my god says that gays are bad.”

    MDRSI Agent: [reviewing form]: “Well, it says here that you wear cotton-poly blends, eat cheeseburgers, let women talk in church, took your Lord’s name in vain last week—twice!—and have gotten a divorce. So it looks like your religious beliefs aren’t sincerely held; you just don’t like gay people. I order you to sell them the flowers. Next!”

    • Steverino

      Indeed. If only getting out of military service during the times of the draft as a conscientious objector due to sincerely held religious beliefs could have been so easy.

    • John30013

      While I applaud the sentiment, there are two problems with it:
      1) Current jurisprudence around “sincerely held religious beliefs” is that the person asserting the belief need not prove it, and it doesn’t have to be consistent with anything else (even the other teachings of the person’s faith tradition). In other words, the government & the court must simply take the person’s word for it.
      2) Since MS currently has no state-level protections for LGBT people against such discrimination, there are no laws to break (unlike in Colorado, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and other places where the haters find their martyrs).

    • UrsusArctos

      Most of these defenses would wither and die if asked “Are you serious enough about your religion to tithe the minimum of 10% as required by the Old Testament? Isn’t that a basic qualification of YOUR religion? May we see the donation receipts? So, you’re not sincere?” their call.

  • cowboyinbrla

    If what she is saying is correct – that this bill ONLY applies to a belief that same-sex marriage is wrong – then she’s just sealed its fate in court. It *might* be constitutional to protect religious freedom in general – though even that will have limits in the commercial arena – but to single out one particular religious belief and give it special protection in the law is clearly a First Amendment violation. We ought to be grateful that they make their bigotry so clear – it’s that much easier to get struck down.

    • Gustav2

      Yes, the on the record explanations will come in handy!

    • Exactly. This is the establishment of religion.

    • b

      You’re right. The law was passed directed strictly at allowing discrimination against same-sex couples. She even went as far as to say it designed to counter Obergfeld v. Hodges.

    • Stev84

      The bill also contains a long list of businesses that are specifically allowed to discriminate. All related to wedding services. They leave no doubt about exactly who they are targeting.

      • Ninja0980

        It appears under this law suicide hot line people can reject calls from LGBT folks if they so desire.
        How much more animus is needed?

        • UrsusArctos

          Ninja 0980 – Sadly this law isn’t required for that. That can happen in ANY of the 20+ states without anti-discrimination laws.
          One senator made that point (as did Gov Deal in GA). The senator even pointed out that under state law “Whites Only” notices were legal since there’s no state statute to stop it, but good luck with the feds. Another instance where ENDA is needed.

    • Helen in Ireland

      And saying that it only applies to same-sex marriage means that the law is specifically designed to burden one minority group and thus the law falls under the Romer v Evans decision?

    • John30013

      I think the “defense” to such arguments will go something like: “Our law does not allow the state to discriminate against anyone in the provision of services*, it simply doesn’t allow the state to penalize someone who chooses not to provide a wedding-related service based on their sincerely held religious or moral beliefs about marriage being between one man and one woman, as determined at birth.”

      Since LGBT people are not currently protected from discrimination in public accommodations by any state law (in states that are passing these sorts of laws) or by Federal law, proponents of these laws will claim that the impact on LGBT people is no different than before such laws were passed.

      Whether they’ll get away with that technicality is up to the courts to decide. The target of these laws is certainly clear, as is the animus behind them.

      *Note: the provisions allowing county officials—agents of the state—to opt out of providing marriage-related services (a la Kim Davis) may be the undoing of the MS law. I read that part of the bill last night, and while it does include vague statements that someone has to ensure that all eligible parties can receive a marriage license, it doesn’t say how that would be accomplished, or which state agent’s “rights” under this bill would ultimately have to be infringed to guarantee that.

    • DaveDocSC

      It makes me wonder how she got through law school and the bar exam without any critical thinking skills concerning constitusionality.
      Oh, maybe her degree is from liberty university. that would explain it.

  • Rick

    Is no one going to address the atrocity that is that carpet?

    • boatboy_srq

      IYAM that’s exactly the kind of decor that should be inflicted on homophobes and ammosexuals.

    • BobSF_94117

      I can’t stop staring at that blouse or, god forbid, polo shirt she’s wearing. The carpet can at least be blamed on past generations.

    • Good Shot Green

      It looks like it ought to be covering the floor of a Native American casino.

      • FancyThat

        It’s an assumption, but the carpet matches the drapes there, right?

  • Todd20036

    So, Georgia, NC, Mississippi. All republican governors, and nearly every vote was that of a republican.

    But the parties are both the same. Right.

    • oikos

      Billghazi!!!!!!

    • fuow

      Careful, Todd, there’s bound to be a fool around any second to explain why it’s better to lose the Supreme Court to the haters on ‘principle’.

      • Acronym Jim

        Oddly, I haven’t seen that particular fool in quite some time. Perhaps he met the banhammer?

        • oikos

          It’s here.

        • medaka

          Nope. English Oil just posted some of the usual drivel in an earlier thread. He’s reading this as we type….

      • Ninja0980

        He has had some company lately with the Bernie or Bust folks.

    • Chuck in NYC

      Why, mah sistuh and all huh good sohrohruhtih sisthuhs who wehnt tuh school at Ole Miss juss thank it’s tehrruhbull that pee-uhpull would crituhcahze this lady fohr defendin’ huh buhleefs.

      My sister turned into an asshole when she went to Ole Miss. The good thing she got out of it was a husband who’s a pretty decent guy. And their kids turned out OK.

    • medaka

      Shhhh!!! Mary Worth woke up from her casino nap and appeared in an earlier thread….

      • unsavedheathen

        First laugh of the day! Thank you!

        • medaka

          She’s already in this one too.

          Post “No fucks to give” jpegs at your peril… 🙂
          Oikos is toying with him at the moment….

    • Bill_Perdue

      Of course they are. Both support the rich, people like you.

      • Paula

        Bill, what is your definition of rich? I am genuinely curious.

        • DaveW

          Good luck with that. From what I can infer we all WORK. the rich PLAY

          My definition fails if you consider bill gates rich. Of course he is but he works by choice. The rich I know can choose not to work, if they get along with their trustees

        • Bill_Perdue

          Millionaires like Todd are rich, they’re the class enemy of working people.

  • Butch

    I’m assuming there’s a lawsuit already in the works? At least with Mississippi it’s one state I don’t mind avoiding. ‘Cuz, you know, there’s no poverty there or anything along those lines that might need addressing.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Didn’t you see? They added a clause that exempts the state from any lawsuits related to this. Idiots. I can’t believe they think that’ll work either.

      • Butch

        Can’t sue me, neener, neener, neerer….

      • boatboy_srq

        Wonder if that will hold up in federal court.

        • Librarykid

          like wet tissue paper in a hurricane

      • Sean

        That clause is a violation of the first amendment’s petition clause & therefore also a violation of the 14th amendment which states that state laws cannot violate or deny federal laws or rights guaranteed to Americans living in that state & pay taxes for those rights to be guaranteed to them.

        • RaygunsGoZap

          But these are the same sort of geniuses who argue that once the people voted anti-gay discrimination into their state constitution that any judge who ruled it unconstitutional was obviously too dumb to hold his/her position.

  • delk

    …but Branning said the bill deals only with same-sex marriage.

    Same-sex marriage does not need any ‘dealing’, your hateful, bigoted attitude does.

    • Chucktech

      The reason the bill only deals with same sex marriage is probably because in MS, all the bathrooms are just outhouses anyway, so no need to add a sanctity-of-the-bathroom angle to the bill.

      • David Walker

        There you go…giving them ideas again.

  • Princess Lardass

    “The bill states that marriage should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman; sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage; male (man) or female (woman) refers to an individual’s sex at time of birth.”

    So the bill is trying to nullify Obergefell, a freaking SCOTUS ruling, and disapprove of heterosexual sex outside of marriage? Good luck, Sen. Branning! Good luck, Mississippi! Ya’ll will need it(luck).

    • Librarykid

      What they need is a good ass-whipping and to be charged with treason or sedition against the United States Government, thereby losing all government contracts in the state which would just about shut that mud hole down.

      • Christopher Smith

        We desperately need some smart shysters–er, lawyers–working on the government pork angle here.

  • Todd E.

    Oh no!! She had to take down her facebook page?? Quick! Grab me some smelling salts and my fainting couch! Hurry!

    • David Walker

      People can be so cruel, can’t they? This poor young thing was just doing what she knows god wants her to do. Persecution, I tell you. She’s a xn martyr, that’s what she is…a xn martyr.

    • KnownDonorDad

      Facebook martyr!

    • Sean

      If she had not taken it down herself, I wonder if she would have tolerated pro-LGBT & Gay owned/founded Facebook banned her from using their service as her behavior is in violation of their values citing her law to do it. Oh right, they also believe that being refused service because they are anti-LGBT is discrimination.

  • Sean

    Time for LGBT & pro-LGBT businesses, companies, and individuals to start refusing service to anti-LGBT troglodytes. Starbucks & other pro-LGBT companies should make it their policy to refuse service & employment to anti-LGBT troglodytes until these uncivilized, unconstitutional, & un-American Jim Crow & Nuremberg Law wannabes are removed. Time for LGBT & pro-LGBT Americans to stop paying taxes until these servants of the people stop using LGBT & pro-LGBT tax dollars to harm them. Time for the passive aggressive bullshit to end & start getting in these bigots face making sure they have no peace. If these reich-wing “Christians” don’t like it & will not tolerate it, then the hypochristians will be violating the word of their own “God” in Luke 6:31.

    • Librarykid

      Shit no. Soak them for everything they are worth and laugh all the way to the bank. As the saying goes, “Sheep are made for the fleecing.”
      I don’t think it would be out of bounds for an employer who is interviewing a prospective employee to mention that a lot of their clients are gay and ask if that would be a problem.

  • The Professor

    No crossroads, you hick loser. Follow the law or waste more money in court. Your choice. You will lose this, trust us.

  • Gerry Fisher

    I am experiencing Anticipatory Schadenfreude for the time coming soon when this blows back on her.

    • Gerry Fisher

      The deletion of her websites and social media give me a slight tingle of it! It’s coming!!!

  • kiltedyak

    Funny that her contact pages are offline. She is apparently a lawyer in Philadelphia, MS as well. Guess it is ok to spew hateful bullshit and run away. FWIW the number to her firm is on google along with the address.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    I applaud Branning for making time travel into the past possible. It’s a stunning accomplishment. I wonder when she’s going to take the vote away from women or reinstitute Jim Crow laws. Perhaps she’ll even be able to persuade her fellow bigots to reinstitute slavery.

    • Librarykid

      I would settle for her trip back in time to remove for her the convenience of using disposable women’s sanitary products and force her into having to wash and reuse her pads for “that time of the month.” Her new nickname with be “Stinky.”

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Well, since she religiously believes in one man/one woman marriage, she should not be associating with men during her period as she is unclean. And, she would need to undergo a ritual cleansing to be welcomed back into the community.

        • Librarykid

          There is no cleaning process, real or ritualistic, known to humankind that would make her socially acceptable. She should, in fact, have her own little sealed chamber within the house chamber and not just for part of the month, but for the length of her time there, it should only end tomorrow.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            I agree, but there is a process in the bible for “unclean” women or those who are menstruating. She’s a disgusting piece of work though and no cleaning, ritualistically or otherwise will change her disgusting bigotry. Perhaps one day she will develop empathy, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for that either.

          • Librarykid

            perhaps one day all of that hate will eat her up from the inside out. Then you will really want to hold your breath.

      • Christopher Smith

        What makes you think this skank ho ever changes her pads now?

        • Librarykid

          EEEEEEWWWWWWWWWW

    • FancyThat

      Time travel to the past might already be happening in Mississippi. I’m still trying to figure out what historic era those shoes and stockings are from.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        The I ain’t gettin’ any anytime soon?

  • CJAS

    Philadelphia, MS– the site where Ronald Reagan kicked off his 1980 presidential campaign—is known for one thing: the murders of civil rights activists Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Ugh! I didn’t know that about Reagan. As if I needed one more reason to despise him.

      • Robincho

        That’s because the “real” Philadelphia told him to fuck off…

      • Acronym Jim

        It gets worse, Reagan’s speech that day was in defense of “states rights.”

    • Nax

      You’d think a rep from that town would be a little more sensitive to that. But then, Reagan chose Philadelphia for a reason.

    • Librarykid

      Yes, and he spoke about state’s rights, a dog whistle to the bigots.

      • Chuck in NYC

        State’s rights, but of course not city or town or county rights. Thank you, North Carolina, for making that part of the GOP agenda perfectly clear.

        • Librarykid

          Slavery and segregation were a state’s rights, not county or town rights.

    • Guy Johnson

      Thank you for mentioning it. I was just about to.

  • oikos

    Specific animus against a group of people.

    “no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction “the equal protection of the laws”.

    • boatboy_srq

      To Branning et al, LGBTs, POCs and others aren’t persons. We must never forget that.

      • Sean

        Yet they tax us as if we are. Maybe something needs to be done about that.

    • Todd20036

      We aren’t human. We are abominations. And many a goob genuinely believes that.

      • David Walker

        I think they deserve to know what we think of them, too, and it’s a whole lot more than “abomination.”

  • Mark

    and oh how they will scream when a muslim business denies service to some xtian woman because her head is not covered.

    Their ignorance of others is appalling.

    • Menergy

      Can’t wait! 🙂

      • i know, right?

        i’m in the mood to open a chicken shack. the most fatty, gravy covered, deep fried, with biscuts and broth-infused greens. sell it really cheap, too. cook it outdoors, so everyone could smell it cooking. maybe some good BBQ as well.

        and then tell every slut who comes up to the counter that she better cover her Jezelish naked skin and shut the fuck up. and that if she wants any of my stuff, she better send her husband or imam to pick it up for her, next time. Inshallah.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          Or set up your stand near the MS capital complex and deny service to Republicans.

    • David Walker

      It would take a lot of courage to do that (and insurance to pay for the building after The Truly Religious bombed the store), but I truly do wish someone would do that. Of course, it would mean more grief for Muslims to put up with.

      • Reality.Bites

        It would take a lot of courage just to be a Muslim in Mississippi.

      • Roy Biv

        I don’t really see Muslims as that open to the LGBTQ community either but I take your point.

        • NancyP

          There’s a range of opinions among American Muslims: everything from “ungodly”, “embarrassing, what if the neighbors find out” ,”not thrilled about it, not going to actively be an ahole either” ,to “don’t dare dis my LGBT child/ sibling / self”.

          • Roy Biv

            Of course, that’s true for any group of people but generally speaking, as in generally speaking , evangelical Christians are against gay rights…yeah.

    • popebuck1

      Except that would – and COULD – never happen. No Muslim bakery owner would ever try to get away with turning away Christians. They know way better than that. In America, Christians are the only religious group with the luxury of being able to assume EVERYONE is just like them. It’s what the concept of “privilege” is all about.

      They’re used to being able to ignore or openly denigrate people of all other religions, without consequence, precisely because they’ve outnumbered them for so long. Now they’re starting to realize they can’t do it without consequences anymore, and it’s this loss of privilege they’re interpreting as “persecution.”

    • Robert Rhea

      The satanic temple will take up the challenge. They have used the similar law in Arkansas to challenge abortion restrictions. I am waiting for the other shoe to drop.

    • John30013

      That would not actually be covered by this bill, which is very explicit that it’s only legal to discriminate in the provision of wedding-related services, and only when based on one’s belief that marriage is limited to one man and one woman (based on those persons’ sexes as “objectively determined at birth”).

      The bill is so narrowly crafted that it’s obvious who its targets are, so animus against LGBT people should be simple to prove.

      • sfbob

        Herein lies the haters’ dilemma: craft a bill that narrowly focuses on the people you wish to persecute and your bill unconstitutionally creates a class for the express purpose of demeaning that class. Craft it too broadly and you sanction discrimination that’s already been outlawed and thus violates federal civil rights laws or the US Constitution or both and that also includes numerous other unintended consequences.

  • Jack

    I haven’t read the bill, so I don’t know the full extent. If the state has no protections for gays, discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations is not illegal.

    BUT, those clerks better be careful. 42 USC 1983 is still good law:

    “Every person who, under color of any statute …of any State … subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress…”

    • Stev84

      It’s really, really bad:
      http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2016/03/30/3764798/mississippi-anti-lgbt-bill/

      And basically a textbook example of how to violate Romer v. Evans. Unlike other states they went into great detail about who can discriminate. Leaving no doubt about the intentions.

      • David Walker

        Really. Even the honorable Justice Thomas might understand that.

      • Jack

        I read part of it. I couldn’t force myself to read the whole thing. Can’t help but wonder how many fornicating couples will feel the sting of this law.

  • Sam_Handwich

    ooops

    Jenifer B Branning P A
    423 Center Avenue North
    Philadelphia,MS 39350

    Phone: (601) 656-615

  • Joe in PA

    I just asked her how those MS schools were doing. Hmm, wonder if I’ll get a response.

    • Oh’behr

      Good. She does have a facebook page hawking her education mission. Which in Mississippi is a joke.

    • TrollopeReader

      Very poorly, and Proud Of It !

  • JoeMyGod

    Her Instagram is still active so I posted this: https://www.instagram.com/p/BDnvKFSMh0P/

    • boatboy_srq

      BRAVO!

    • Dot Beech

      Wow. That was painful.

      I hereby sentence Ms. Branning to a life sentence of remedial speech classes.

      • i watched it, but i don’t get it…what am i watching, or what am i missing?

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          What the bill is meant to do as opposed to what they will say it was meant to do.

  • Bill_Perdue

    These bills are the political equivalent of terrorism and are only relevant because the Democrats refuse to pass ENDA when it has a chance of being enacted and signed.

  • Nathan Broussard

    Keep an eye out she will bring the page back up sooner or later!

  • gesundheit

    Why is she even talking about ministers? Ministers can refuse to marry whoever they want, that’s such horseshit to tie that into this whole thing to make it sound legitimate. Performing a ceremony and selling a damn cake are not even in the same solar system of comparability.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      As far apart as Venus and Uranus.

    • TrollopeReader

      They have *yet* to produce one single minister, anywhere in these United States who has been forced to do *anything*. But it’s coming they say. It’s coming….

  • Frostbite

    Interesting, her law degree is in “business and real estate transactions.” That surely makes her a religious and rights attorney. I look forward to her having this bill shoved up her ass in court.

  • Dale082

    I can’t wait to see what skeletons this Hateful Bitch has in her closet!

    • Blake Mason

      She appears “untouched”…

      • Blake Mason

        And by that I mean… no one wants to touch her..

      • Thanks for the laugh. Only Catholic priests are untouched, alter boys, that’s a different matter.

      • Chucktech

        So, she’s… intact?

  • Blake Mason

    I have said this before… if they are going to pass these kinds of laws, it should be written in the law that all business must disclose (and put in full public view) that they intend on exercising their ‘religious freedom’ in their place of business.

    • jmax

      They won’t because obvious bigotry might be bad for business. It’s the same reason they wear hoods to their social gatherings. Money will always outweigh religious beliefs.

    • UrsusArctos

      One of the senators objecting offered an amendment doing just that.

  • FullaShit

    What about Dr’s, nurses, firemen, policemen? What if they have sincerely held religious beliefs? Will they be forced to serve the icky gay/trans public?

    • if it burdens their “sincerely held beliefs”, i’m guessing no.

    • David Walker

      Well, why not? They want to ignore Obergefell, so they might as well the governmental directives and especially the orders from The Black Guy in the White House.

    • CQCQCQ

      What if one of those doctors, nurses, firemen or police officers was not Christian, but had a sincerely held religious belief that prevented them from providing their lifesaving services to Christian bigots?

    • jimbo65

      Well speaking as one in the medical field if they felt that way then time to get a new profession. Fuck that, they are sworn to protect life. That means ALL, gay, Trans, bi…
      I’ve met some outright bigots in my travels. But they do their job, especially in a life or death situation. Funny how the threat of lawsuits and loss of licenses can be a motivator. Sad but true.

  • The Milkman

    This bill is way worse than the NC bill. It is important that Mississippi gets a backlash similar to the one that NC is receiving.

    Also, let’s take a moment to be thankful for the judicial branch, our third co-equal branch of government. If it weren’t for our founding fathers’ brilliant foresight, we’d be ruled by the whim of the mob.

    • Blake Mason

      Forgive me for not googling… and this is not meant to be rude… who the hell intentionally goes to Mississippi for vacation.

      • The Milkman

        I was thinking that exact same thing. There must be some business or regional convention or something we can focus on. Other than the vigorous confederate flag market.

        • Librarykid

          and casinos.

          • FancyThat

            Shootfire! If you kin line up all five flags on the diagonell, you kin win a shitload o’ money. But mos’ of the time, them slots is tighter then a tick’s ass.

      • jmax

        I’ve driven through Mississippi a few times. There was absolutely nothing that made me want to stop for even a minute, much less waste vacation time there.

      • boatboy_srq

        People buy Viking appliances; listen to T. Rex (yes, I know, they still do, and they’re on Fat Possum Records); shop at Lucky (who owns Hancock Fabrics), Stein Mart and Loeb’s; etc. There aren’t many industries that would be affected, and boycotting most MS businesses won’t be a significant hardship, but there are impacts that could be felt.

      • CQCQCQ

        There are a ton of casinos down there. Ignorant Bubbas and Bubbettes love to lose their money at those places.

        • TrollopeReader

          just like their prosperity churches …

    • Rocco

      Couldn’t agree more, but the problem is how do you leverage a state like Mississippi?!? They are already the ‘bottom of the barrel’ in every socioeconomic category. They are not (even) up to the level of North Carolina, or Georgia. Maybe I’m thick, but I just don’t see how we can harm them (any further).

    • Librarykid

      The trouble with Mississippi is that there is so little to be pulled out of that asshole. It survives on Government contracts courtesy of their shining light representatives in Washington.

      • David Walker

        The state is living on welfare, in other words.

        • TrollopeReader

          definitely part of the 47% ….. !!

        • Oh’behr

          Blue giver state welfare. Comes from DC.

        • Librarykid

          Yes, but you have to remember that there are two types of welfare, the white, I mean right kind and the wrong kind.

  • Rocco

    Their ignorance is breathtaking. It is mindboggling that they (including attorneys) think this law is Constitutional! Someone downthread made the excellent observation that the legislative record (with all those charming comments about our tribe) will provide excellent evidence of animus when the courts overturn this ridiculous “legislation.”

    • Rod Steely

      They don’t know better. They rank LAST in education! Here are some of their other bottom rankings:

      Economy > Median Family Income

      Economy > Nest Egg Index

      Education > Assessments > % of Students Above Advanced > Grade 8 Math

      Education > Percent of People Who Have Completed High School (Including Equivalency)

      Health > Oral health > Visits to the dentist

      Lifestyle > Best States to Live

      Lifestyle > Children Ages 0-5 Who Are Read To Every Day, Percentage

      • Oh’behr

        Hmm, I’ll bet they’re a state which turned down Obamacare.

        • Rod Steely

          Yes they are one of the states that refused to expand their Medicaid and help their citizens.

        • Rod Steely

          Just found this online:

          The 2013 edition of America’s Health Rankings were released yesterday, and as in nine of the past 10 years, Mississippi came in dead last — no pun intended.

          For over two decades, the United Health Foundation has compiled the annual rankings as a comprehensive assessment of public health in all 50 states. Mississippi has never finished higher than 48th — and that was only twice.

  • John

    On the plus side, MS was already a hateful, bigoted state, so…this just reinforces their hatred and makes it more obvious to the 3 people in the world who weren’t sure before.

  • justmeeeee

    So all fucking in Mississippi except between legally married male and female will immediately stop????? Yeah, that’s the ticket!

    • David Walker

      As long as your cousin is of the opposite sex, it’s all good. I think they’re still working on incest, though.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xmBLqAJ6jQ

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      That’s ‘man’ and ‘woman’ for those in Mississippi that don’t know what ‘male’ and ‘female’ means, apparently.

  • sword

    A ‘go-fund-me’ project: Large billboards on major roads leading into each state that passes such a bigoted law..”posting signs at the state border which announce that discrimination is legal in Mississippi, et al”.

    • Harley

      I would donate to that cause.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Planting Peace does this sort of thing. Maybe they will start a campaign.

  • Ninja0980

    As usual, a bully can dish it out but she can’t take it.

  • jayjonson

    I am glad to know that MIssissippi is such a rich state that it can waste so much money paying the lawyers who will have this nonsense declared unconstitutional. This is a good time to be a civil rights lawyer in Mississippi. Hope the papers are already drawn up to seek an injunction against this bigotry.

    • Chucktech

      But, of course, MS isn’t rich. And that’s tough shit for them when the legal costs mount.

  • I love Mississippi, and I don’t want it to become like one of those northern states where niggers walk around the streets unpunished.
    The mayor (I think it was) in Mississippi Burning

    It’s a very long time since I saw the movie and I’m quoting from memory, but the line stuck in my mind; and I’m irresistibly reminded of it now.

    • Clungeflaps

      replace it with Abbo or Lebbo and it could be just about anywhere in australia….i couldnt believe how casually racist people are there when I’ve visited there.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Good supportive comments at the Ledger.

  • rabbit_ears

    My deity Chac demands blood sacrifice to make it rain, so I must rip out the heart of any clerk that refuses to provide service. Its my sincerely held religious belief so don’t you dare oppress me!

    • my sincerely held belief can kick you sincerely held belief’s ass!

      • billbear1961

        Don’t mess with Mr. Bunny!

    • zhera

      You go right ahead, Mr. rabbit_ears!

      https://youtu.be/Nvs5pqf-DMA

      • billbear1961

        Release an ARMY of such bunnies on the GOP!

    • billbear1961

      I wouldn’t think of it, Bunny, sweetie!

      Hail, Chac!

      🙂

  • J S

    I did eventually find a way to email her. She had taken down the contact part of her Senate campaign site, but left up the part to solicit donations. I sent her the following message there:

    I would like to donate $1,000 to your campaign, but because you are obviously a hateful, discriminatory woman without a shred of the good sense God gives us, I will instead offer my generous donation to whoever plans to counter your terrible, terrible law. South Carolina will pay a huge price. So will you. You live in the past dear, and it was an ugly time. We all know what’s in your cold heart now, and feel sorry for the horrible choices you’ve made.

    • oikos

      She’s in Mississippi.

      • Sam_Handwich

        it’s all East Carobamasippi to me

        • boatboy_srq

          The Mason Dixon Line. It’s there for a reason.

          ,-)

        • oikos

          I prefer vacationing in Taramisu myself. I’ve heard those Carobs are cannibals.

          • Oh’behr

            Why we should eat carob up. Before it gets us. 🙂

      • Octavio

        Doh!

    • South Carolina? or North?

  • CQCQCQ

    Christ. What an asshole. I kind of hope she’s scared shitless with all this negative attention.

    • Chucktech

      “Maybe if I take down my Facebook page people won’t be able to find me…”

  • Curieux Bleu

    I am proud to say I left a long long rant last night on her Senate campaign Facebook page, telling her what a terrible Xian she was, full of racism and homophobia and unfit to be a mother, and how terribly her child would suffer in life, if god forbid they were given a gay destiny by God.

    I told her she was a useless piece of redneck bigoted hateful trash and that if there were a Hell, she would be very near the top of the list of those slated to go there. I hoped for her sake that someday she would have an epiphany as to the evil of her actions, however bitter that would be, but I didn’t think it likely she could ever become a decent human being.

    I am guessing from this taking down of her page that she had many other messages that were less than heart warming to her.

    Personally I used the link provided by one of the JMG posters, and I thank them for doing the work of digging that up. We are strong together.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Did you mention to her that she should stop plucking those eyebrows before it’s too late?

      • Curieux Bleu

        Oh CRAP! I totally forgot the essential gist of what her problem is all about !!!

        Yike! Facepalm! … but love to you anyhow.

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          :-0

    • Chucktech

      Actually, CB, yours is the one that pushed her over the edge. YOU caused her to take her FB page down!

      Keep up the good work…

  • Octavio

    This woman’s perfect sense of morality is hurting the anger center of my brain. Enough!

    • Herald

      People who are the loudest about morality are often the biggest haters. Also they tend to not practice what they preach!!

      • Gil

        Haters don’t realize that they are haters…..Like stupid people are so stupid they don’t realize they’re stupid…

        • Herald

          too true

  • Mike in Texas

    I hope the session last night was captured somewhere. The part where she whitesplained discrimination to a black man was classic.

    • oh wow…if someone can post that clip, that’d be awesome! Thanks.

  • j.martindale

    Ah, the Confederacy! Home of idiots that just never recognize when they have lost.

    • Clive Johnson

      An old joke:

      A man gets pulled over by a cop in the south. The cop says, “Hey boy, you don’t go racing through Alabama like that.”

      The man replied, “You mean like General Sherman?”

  • Michael Rush
    • Bruno

      Memories…

  • motordog

    It’s good to know that things are so amazing and bucolic in Mississippi that they can choose to focus on harassing the LGBT community rather than annoying, far-less-sexy issues like education, poverty, infrastructure, etc.

  • Octavio

    Now she’s a sad victim of social media bullying? Good. Bless her heallklj

  • zhera

    Wow. Does Mississippi have some extra money stashed away? I thought that state was supposed to be one of the poorer ones, but clearly they have more money than they know how to spend, and so they are creating this clusterfuck just so they can give money to lawyers and LGBT people.

    • jmax

      They’ll have to ask for more Federal welfare money to pay the bills.

  • what often amazes me is how ignorant republicans can be. of how the interwebs really work. this is 2016, and she still doesn’t understand that FaceBorg isn’t made up of her friends and only her friends? wow, that’s some dumb. i guess the MS system of education is working.

    meh, she’s probably fucking some pastor with a private plane and getting a nice kickback for doing this. goody for her. it’s not like the voters or pastors who put her in office ever expected her to understand the Constitution.

    • are you a trekkie? might need some nanoprobes..

  • Sapient

    Apparently, these bigots have never heard of Romer v. Evans. As soon as that bill is signed into law, the lawsuits will begin.

    • Chucktech

      I guess… First, somebody has to give a shit about Mississippi.

  • EDinMCO

    I might’ve visited her Facebook page and left a comment about her discriminatory and harmful bill. Perhaps more than one comment. Ok, definitely more than one.

  • Rockola404

    German tire manufacturer Continental recently inked a tax break deal to build a new major manufactoring facilty in Misissppi; I’ve written them to please consider how HB 1523 will be harmful to their employees.

  • Duane Dimitrov

    “The bill states that marriage should be recognized as the union of one
    man and one woman; sexual relations are properly reserved to such a
    marriage; male (man) or female (woman) refers to an individual’s sex at
    time of birth.”

    Dude! These religionists have really just given up on pretending to not be pushing a theocratic agenda.

    Jfc!

  • Michael Hampton

    I love how it is these poor states that take tons of federal dollars who are passing all of these hate bills. Ensuring that they stay poor. It sounds a little like a conspiracy to keep the people of those states ignorant and poor.

  • scrubba

    Looks like N Carolina and Mississippi want a return to Anti bellum times . I’m waiting for the KKK endorsement too

    • customartist

      It’s understood

  • I would suggest that instead of posting on her facebook page or tweeting her angrily, people who are disgusted by her should donate to Mississippi Democrats and her opponent in the next election to get her out of there. Angry messages are just used to fuel their “homofascist” meme. Don’t let the bullies play victim. Just use the democratic process to expose them for what they are and help elect better people.

    • Christopher Smith

      I would suggest that the anger be channelled properly. Tell the homofascists exactly what we plan to do to them in terms of dollars, government contracts, etc–and then carry it out.

      • Homofascists?

        • Christopher Smith

          Yeah. It’s a coined word. I’m sure you’ve seen them before. LOL

          • So that was meant as a quote and not an expression of your own view? Sorry, I think I was misreading it? It’s been something of an interesting day around here.

    • UrsusArctos

      Unfortunately there are no viable Dems in her part of the state, and many red states.
      If only someone (Howard Dean) had thought to build a bench of future electable Dems in every state (which could threaten Hillary) there might have been a local Dem or 2 to stop some of this crap.
      These unchallengeable GOPers are a direct result of killing the “50 state strategy”, allowing GOPers free reign . /rant

  • rusty57

    I checked Jenifer’s Book of Faces pages yesterday.
    The takeaway was she is another Michele Bachmann (complete with only one consonant in her first name instead of the usual two) with a drawl.

  • Bill Kenny

    The bill is very clearly unconstitutional. Not only will it be overturned, but the already impoverished people of Mississippi will have to foot the bill for court costs. The stupid is amazing.

    • coram nobis

      They’re also the last place in the Union that has the rebel battle flag as their state flag.

  • Hank

    ANIMUS, ANIMUS, ANIMUS….. Now let the Federal Courts Decide!!! Soon even the Federal Courts will realize, that GLBT ARE a minority, that DESERVES Federal Protection!!!

  • She may have taken down her Facebook page but her Instagram site is still up. Just saying!
    https://www.instagram.com/branningforsenate/

  • Bill Harnsberger

    As all this hate spreads, I keep thinking of Judge Vaughn Walker in the Prop 8 case, who forcefully—and with a huge amount of evidence—demonstrated that the only reason for anti-LGBT bills/laws/referendums is animus. Every time one of these bills gets debated and/or passed, the haters prove him right. As Hank said below, the federal courts are going to have a really hard time proving otherwise. The next round of judicial pain cannot come down like a ton of bricks on the knuckledraggers soon enough.

    • customartist

      I believe that Lambda Legal is challenging the North Carolina law, and I will be making a donation

    • studd55

      It looks like Christians are attempting to but everybody in their “we can hate you” laws so that there will be no such thing as “animus” directed at one group. The “animus” will be equally directed at everyone, EXCEPT CHRISTIANS.

  • DaveW

    Does it actually ban non marital sex? Are they that stupid?
    Plus, what is she wearing??????

  • Andrew

    Someone better start developing a rationale supporting all these laws so that the Log Cabin Republicans can defend their beloved party and its ‘understanding’ members.

    • MickinDetroit

      …and so the HRC can endorse republicans over democrats when one occasionally issues mild disapproval of these tactics….

  • coram nobis

    Doesn’t exactly criminalize non-marital sex, but allows private businesses or “faith-based” organizations — which covers most people doing business — to deny goods or services to anybody they consider perverts, hussies or trollops. Faith-based organizations, presumably, include charities and social-services organizations..

    From the WaPo, this morning:

    … It prevents the government from “discriminating” (through taxes, fines, withholding benefits, or other forms of retaliation) against a “person” (broadly defined as an individual, religious organization, association, corporation and other kinds of businesses) for acting on their religious convictions regarding sexuality and marriage. That includes employers, landlords and rental companies, adoption and foster care agencies, people and companies that provide marriage-related services (rental halls, photographers, florists, etc.). …

    … And it gives foster and adoptive families license to “guide, raise or instruct” children as they see fit, a rule that Human Rights Campaign argues would make LGBT children vulnerable to being forced into “conversion therapy.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/03/31/mississippis-senate-just-approved-a-sweeping-religious-liberty-bill-that-critics-say-is-the-worst-yet-for-lgbt-rights/

    • Bruno

      Is it not already legal for people to deny goods and services to someone for any reason EXCEPT what falls under a non-discrimination law? Wouldn’t it be legal in New Jersey for a business owner, religious or not, to refuse service to someone they thought was promiscuous? Or divorced? I don’t think that flouts any state or federal law that I know of. It would be illegal in New Jersey to refuse service to a black, female, gay or transgender person, but not in Mississippi (though federal law would cover black or female in MS).

      • studd55

        Promiscuous apparently hasn’t reached the “suspect” class criteria.

        Yet.

        • Bruno

          I was wondering about marital status, too. That may be in some non-discrim laws. AFAIK, all of Mississippi’s non-discrim laws now regard religion. Don’t think they’ve even yet employed a statewide law barring non-discrimination by race. Go figure.

      • coram nobis

        Nothing explicit in Federal law, although DOJ is moving to interpret Title VII employment law on gender discrimination to cover this, at least in hiring and firing. It would also be worth exploring whether this kind of “religious” “freedom” law flouts either the Establishment clause or — revisiting two 1964 cases, Heart of Atlanta Motel and McClung — the Interstate Commerce clause. There’s also the question of legislative intent and that brings in Romer v. Evans on treatment of a minority.

        There’s also the question of whether this state law would deny Federally mandated services like the Affordable Care Act or Title IX or Section 8 housing simply on the say-so of some local gatekeeper.

        It probably will require a Federal lawsuit, combined with other such suits in other states. Since the states’ express intent is to flout Obergefell it might be simple for the Federal courts simply to say the ruling meant what it said.

        • Bruno

          Also, the Mississippi law definitely goes beyond Obergefell by specifying rules about gender identity under the law. They had an eye on North Carolina in that respect, no doubt. There are so many ways in which this law should be struck down. Let’s just hope SCOTUS know that too.

          • coram nobis

            Also, given that this was prompted by Obergefell, whether these laws flout the established fundamental rights in constitutional law (law-exam mnemonic: CAMPERS:(1) Contraception(2) Abortion(3) Marriage(4) Procreation(5) Education(6) family Relations(7) Sexual relations (substantive due process liberty interest).)

            Marriage, certainly, as a protected right, and discrimination because you’re married should be Federally actionable.

          • Bruno

            Clarence Thomas will find a way to dub the Mississippi law faultless. What Alito, Roberts, and Kennedy do are other questions.

  • txstevo

    I’ll bet you a Bojangles biscuit she’s having and affair, most likely with a fellow GOP senator….or possibly her church minister

    • TrollopeReader

      perhaps both?!

  • billbear1961

    SCOTUS has already ruled that marriage is NOT limited to the union of one man with one woman.

    Leaving everything else aside for one moment–such as the morally OUTRAGEOUS introduction of a new Age of legally sanctioned Segregation in the 21st century–that ONE portion of the law all ALONE is in blatant defiance of Obergefell, which is the LAW of the LAND!

    The hateful SPITE of these sick BASTARDS is amazing and SICK-MAKING beyond BELIEF!!

    Those who would mistreat others in this ruthless way should be the targets of similar abuse THEMSELVES so that they will come to understand how EVIL their behaviour truly is!!

    The only individual who DESERVES to lose his rights is he who would brutally deprive his neighbours of THEIRS!!

  • peterparker

    The thing about this that shocks me the most is that Jenifer Branning is an attorney!

    • TrollopeReader

      being an attorney does not denote intelligence, smarts, and the like.

      • peterparker

        This is true. However, you would think a legislator who had a law degree would recognize when a law she was writing was blatantly unconstitutional!

        • TrollopeReader

          well, the main reason the Supreme Court exists is to save society from the lawyers and legislators who should know better! 😉

    • Gil

      So is Mat Staver….

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      From the ‘Elect Jenifer Branning’ webpage: “An honors graduate of Leake Academy and Mississippi State University with a B. A. in Business Administration, she also attended the M.B.A. program at Mississippi State University. Since graduating law school from Mississippi College School of Law in 2004, she has been serving clients all over central Mississippi primarily in the areas of business and real estate transactions.”

      She’s the cream of Mississippi State University crop.

  • studd55

    at 4:40 watch Mississippi teaching their children about homoschexuals.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS4HvHALY0s

  • Micah Dean Benech

    Bring on the motherfucking lawsuits. Of course it will only be the tax payers that pay for it. Discrimination will be costly. But after all, bigots in Mississippi won’t mind paying right? Please. The one thing they love more than their distorted version of zombie Jesus is their money

  • studd55

    Her husband is “struggling” with homosexuality so she is doing what she can to save her marriage.

  • fuzzybits
  • Richard

    With all the hate coming from the south, you have to wonder, did Abe Lincoln screw up? Mississippi, one of the poorest, if not THE poorest of all 50 states who feeds
    at the federal money trough daily, obviously has nothing better to do for its citizens but to sanction even more hate than already exists there. If Mississippi ever gets the notion to secede, they sure have my vote!

    • JIM W

      Secede hell! We should just kick them out, withhold federal funding and send them a bill for past payments. If ever a fence needed to be built…….

  • Tammy Rainey

    yeah, I strafed Facebook pages for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (where he had helpfully posted a thread bragging on the bill which is still ongoing) Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn (who took credit for the almost-certainly-written-by-FRC) writing the bill, and Gov. Phil Bryant (whom one of my friends correctly noted would have his signature on it before the back of the paper hit his desk). I also posted to the page of my state senator (who almost certainly voted for it) and called out my state Rep (whom I know personally but wouldn’t have called “friend”) and challenged the 60+ mutual friends I share with him to directly address it on his feed.

    But her page was nowhere to be found.

    (I also twitter-bombed the same crowd)

  • D. J.

    I was surprised that the comments, for the most part were fairly tame. Much more tame than 30 hissing ‘possums in a barn (should expect).

  • ktorch

    Cut their highway funds, and any other funds (and there are many) from Washington DC until they comply with the constitution of the United States of America.

  • Michael

    She should be proud of her Homophobia Uber Alles “Christianity.” If God is on her side, what is she afraid of? Just because there were tornado warnings in MS after this bill passed surely doesn’t mean that God disapproves. Or does it?

  • Sean Taylor

    Not to discount the hatred being displayed in this outbreak of unconstitutional laws being passed recently, but really folks, this is fucking Mississippi. Will it stand, no, in the long run a bunch of Lawyers will get rich off the taxpayers of MS, and us of course when it goes to SCOTUS, But in the meantime here we are wasting breath over the absolute worst state in the nation. Seriously, if Texas wanted to take Mississippi when they secede, good riddance to both I’d say. Go! For God’s sake go already! I’ve no fear of accidentally spending money in Mississippi. I went to grad school in Arkansas, just a few miles south of the Mason-Dixon line and that was more than enough of the south for me. ugh

  • John Stark

    DO THEY REALISE THAT WHEN YOU BRAND YOUR HATE INTO A BILL THAT IS ENACTED INTO LAW IT LEAVES A BITTER TASTE IN THE PUBLIC RECEPTION OF YOUR HONESTY AND HOSPITALITY IDEAS THAT YOUR STATE IS SUPPOSED HAVE IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN. THIS LAW IS DIVISIVE AND DOES NOT PROMOTE PUBLIC UNIFIED MEASURES TO SERVE THE PUBLIC IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER. GIVEN THE SAME ISSUE WERE FACED BY A LGBTQ BUSINESS THAT DID NOT WANT TO SERVE A HETEROSEXUAL COUPLE BIASED ON THEIR LOOKS OR IDENTITY AS A PARENT THEY WOULD CRY FOUL AND SUE THE OWNER FOR DISCRIMINATION PURPOSES!!

    • Kieron

      STOP SHOUTING!

      • John Stark

        CAPS CAN MEAN I WANT TO BE HEARD….IT also can mean I prefer that you see my actual text..(so FUCK OFF)

  • SunnyDay

    How dare the government discriminate against me for discriminating! No more discrimination…..except mine, dangdabbit! /s

  • TheSpinMonkey

    These laws will cost the taxpayers millions of dollars before eventually being struck down by the supreme court as it directly conflicts with the Obergefell ruling. The supreme court stated that same sex is law of the land so fucktard GOP in MS cannot create a law that states otherwise.

  • JohnInCA

    “[…] but Branning said the bill deals only with same-sex marriage.”
    Section 2 (b) of the bill specifies that one of the permitted religious objections is “Sexual relations are properly reserved to such a [union of one man to one woman]”

    Section 2 (c) specifies ” Male (man) or female (woman) refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth.”

    That’s not even hedging on a technicality. That’s a flat-out lie. The bill endorses discrimination against same-sex couples, anyone that’s had sex before marriage, and trans* folk.

  • JCF

    Statement by the Rt. Rev. Brian R. Seage, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

    “I am profoundly disheartened by the Mississippi State Senate’s approval of HB 1523, which codifies discrimination against many Mississippi citizens.”

    Read the rest here: http://www.dioms.org/dfc/newsdetail_2/3178220

  • collinsfriend

    i find it odd and interesting that the bigoted states wish to remain known as such. You’d think they’d want to distance themselves from the likes of that considering their history. Reminds me of children who are proud of their farts and peepee and unibrows.

  • collinsfriend

    Well- so the next step besides legal action is hoping the GLBTQ community in those states put together businesses that cater to themselves and are a smashing success.

  • Dave

    Just meaningless words in an unenforceable law. What part of the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution do they not understand. You cannot pass a state law in direct opposition to federal law. This will not shield state officials from refusing to follow a federal court order by refusing to issue same sex marriage licenses

  • grevious channing

    Way to go Mississippi! Finally, states are beginning to stand up to the leftist deviants whose goal is to destroy the moral fabric of our nation. As a private business owner, I will decide whom my business serves. If it is offensive to you, conduct your business elsewhere. You scream of tolerance, but refuse to tolerate the views of anyone who disagrees with YOUR views.

  • Henry James

    She has a past… Her grandfather was Olen Burrage The 3 civil rights workers were found buried in his pond levee in Neshoba County . She is in her position because her daddy bought it for her. They have an agenda.