Dozens protest Mississippi's Religious Accommodation law in Biloxi

Dozens protest Mississippi's Religious Accommodation law in Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The voices were loud and clear. The protest against the newly signed Religious Liberty Accommodation law at the Biloxi Community Center Friday grew to involve more than 40 people. Organizer Susan Guice felt it was just her time to step up.

"I'm not an activist by nature. The only reason I'm doing this is because nobody else was doing this down here," she said.

But while she thinks the law will be overturned, the state is already suffering.

"I'm really concerned that the damage is done, that people around the nation think that everybody in Mississippi agrees with this," she said. "I just want to make sure people know we do not agree with it. We never had a chance to vote on it."

It was a protest that involved people from all different backgrounds.

Eighty-eight-year-old David Fausnaugh of Biloxi has one question about Governor Phil Bryant.

"Can we ship him out?" he asked.

Nine-year-old Breton Guice was on the front-line of the demonstration.

"What's happened for gay people is wrong," he said. "People are human no matter what they do. They're not monkeys or animals. They're humans. Everybody should be treated the same way."

And activists warn, it's not just the LGBT community who will suffer.

"Once you forge one link of a chain to chain one person for being different, you start chaining everybody up for being different," said protestor Jay Parker. "That cannot stand."

Bethany Fayard added, "I think that if the population of Mississippi really understood what this law was about, I think we would have more protestors out here."

The faith community was also represented, but not in support of the religious freedom law.

"Mississippi is for everyone," said the Rev. Dr. Ashley Beaty-Perry, a minister with the Presbyterian Church USA. "Discrimination and bigoted attitudes toward anybody in this state is simply unacceptable to me as a person of faith."

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