Several ministers in South Mississippi are speaking out against the state's new religious objections law.
They were joined by ministers across the state and nation who signed an openly-published letter. More than 30 signatures are on the letter.
It is the latest backlash against House Bill 1523, signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant earlier this month and set to go in effect July 1. The legislation will allow religious groups and some private businesses to deny services based on religious beliefs or moral convictions.
The ministers say the new law violates their religious principles.
"We believe that any attempt to legislate and sign into law discriminatory practices against any group of people is sinful and does harm to the body of Christ and to the well being of the communities both church and government are called to serve," says a portion of the published letter.
The ministers who signed the letter say they were inspired by the 28 Methodist ministers who spoke against segregation in the 1960s.