The New York Daily News reports:
A video allegedly showing the owner of a Mississippi event space saying they don’t do “gay weddings, or mixed race” because of their “Christian belief” has gone viral, leading to outrage.
LaKambria Welch shared a video on Facebook Saturday that allegedly shows a woman who worked at Boone’s Camp Event Hall saying the space would not allow certain couples to get married due to their “Christian Faith.”
“FYI, if you’re a mixed race couple, please do NOT inquire Boones Camp for a wedding venue. They will not accommodate you if you’re ‘gay’ or ‘mixed race’ due to their ‘Christian beliefs,'” Welch wrote in a post with the video of her speaking with the woman.
The Deep South Voice reports:
In 2016, the Mississippi Legislature passed a “religious freedom” law allowing businesses to refuse service to LGBT people on the basis of their religious beliefs about marriage or gender. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed that bill, House Bill 1523, into law. After being initially struck down in federal court, the conservative U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the law to stand. The U.S. Supreme Court did not take the case.
One of the Mississippi House Representatives who supported HB 1523, Rep. Robert Foster (R-DeSoto County) told the Jackson Free Press that he still supports the law and would tell a gay couple who was turned down by a wedding venue to find someone else to do business with. “Would you say that to an interracial couple?” the Jackson Free Press asked Foster.
“I think that’s completely different situation. I just do, to me. It is not an issue, I think. I think race is completely different than getting somebody involved in a religious ceremony that goes against their core belief,” he replied.