Michelle Obama Slams Mississippi’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Michelle Obama Slams Mississippi’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Law April 24, 2016

Standing up for justice Michelle Obama slams Mississippi’s new “religious freedom” law.

First lady Michelle Obama denounced the state’s recently-passed “religious freedom” law while delivering the commencement address at Jackson State University in Mississippi Saturday.

Speaking at the commencement address Obama said:

We see it right here in Mississippi — just two weeks ago -– how swiftly progress can hurtle backward. How easy it is to single out a small group and marginalize them because of who they are or who they love.

The first lady continued:

So we’ve got to stand side by side with all our neighbors –- straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender; Muslim, Jew, Christian, Hindu immigrant, Native American — because the march for civil rights isn’t just about African Americans, it’s about all Americans. It’s about making things more just, more equal, more free for all our kids and grandkids. That’s the story you all have the opportunity to write. That’s what this historic university has prepared you to do.

During her speech Obama also encouraged graduates to vote:

If we fail to exercise our fundamental right to vote, then I guarantee that so much of the progress we’ve fought for will be under threat. Congress will still be gridlocked. Statehouses will continue to roll back voting rights and write discrimination into the law.

Earlier this month Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a sweeping “religious freedom” bill into law that promotes discrimination against same sex couples, single mothers, divorcees, and anyone who has had sex outside of marriage.

The “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” (House Bill 1523) will allow state employees, corporations, individuals, healthcare providers, and nonprofit organizations to use religion as a justification to discriminate against nearly everyone—same sex couples, single mothers, divorcees, and anyone who has had sex outside of marriage.

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