Bay St. Louis council avoids vote on House Bill 1523

Bay St. Louis council avoids vote on House Bill 1523

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Leaders in Bay St. Louis did not vote Tuesday night on whether to join a movement to repeal House Bill 1523, also known as the Religious Accommodations Act.

Concerned citizens packed the city council's chambers for the meeting.

Councilwoman Wendy McDonald said previously she wanted the city to take a stance. But other members of the council rejected the idea, saying it's the responsibility of state lawmakers.

Council members also pointed out that the city already passed anti-discriminatory resolutions.

"We stated our position in May of 2014 that we are a community that doesn't discriminate, and again our issue tonight with 1523. If you have a problem with it, contact your representatives in Jackson and let the Supreme Court handle it," said Bay St. Louis councilman Jeffery Reed.

Bay St. Louis council members prayed for a speedy recovery for Wendy McDonald, who is in the hospital after being hit by a vehicle yesterday.

City leaders in Diamondhead observed a moment of silence for McDonald as well.

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