Earlier today, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins traveled to Mississippi and attended Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s signing of S.B. 2681, the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
On Tuesday, SB 2681 was approved by the state House (79-43) and Senate (37-14). Family Research Council (FRC) has long supported state RFRAs, which have now been enacted in 19 states since 1996. This law is based on the federal law introduced by now U.S. Senator (then U.S. Representative) Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and former U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). The federal version passed 97-3 in the Senate, unanimously by voice vote in the House of Representatives and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
FRC President Tony Perkins released the following statement:
“I was honored to attend today’s signing of Mississippi’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and have the opportunity to personally thank Governor Bryant, and the legislators who have stood up to protect religious liberty as 18 other states have already done. This law prevents the government from discriminating against religion.
“Unfortunately, too often in today’s political world, courage is in short supply. Those who understand the importance and cherish the historic understanding of religious freedom are grateful for leaders who respond to fact and not fictitious claims of those who are trying to quarantine faith within the walls of our churches or homes. Some things are worth standing and contending for, and at the top of that list is our First Freedom, the freedom of religion.
“We applaud Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, House Speaker Philip Gunn, Senator Phillip Gandy, and Rep. Andy Gipson for their leadership in defending religious freedom and for refusing to cower to egregious misrepresentations of a fair and reasonable religious liberty measure,” concluded Perkins.