The University of Mississippi’s Commencement this year, on May 10 at 9 a.m., will be the first pro-equality commencement in the school’s history. You could even say it’s going to be a gay old time.
That’s because students, faculty and staff at UM plan to peacefully protest with a rainbow of stickers during the commencement speech by Gov. Phil Bryant. Their silent protest is against the discrimination made allowable under the state’s new Religious Restoration Act, which takes effect July 1.
Bryant signed the Religious Restoration Act, otherwise known as gay Jim Crow, into law April 3. Bryant claims the act protects individuals’ religious freedoms from government interference, according to a statement he released at the time.