Palazzo Supports Mississippi Religious Freedom Bill

Washington, DC – Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) released the following statement of support today regarding House Bill 1523 that passed in the Mississippi State Legislature:

“Last June, the Supreme Court announced their decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. I expressed my adamant disagreement and disappointment with this decision that undermines the Constitution and the will of the people of Mississippi. Under the United States Constitution, marriage laws have always been a matter left for the states.

“Therefore, it should come as no shock that states stripped of their Constitutional authorities would take actions like this to protect the religious freedoms of their citizens. Enough is enough. I continue to stand strong on this issue and support the objective of this bill to protect individuals from government interference when practicing their religious beliefs.”

Palazzo has long been a supporter of protecting the right of Americans to freely practice their religion. On countless occasions he has taken a stand publicly including this December when the Harrison county courthouse was being attacked by an outside organization regarding their nativity scene, and has long been fighting for the rights of military chaplains to practice their faith without government influence. He is also an original co-sponsor of a federal religious freedom bill, the First Amendment Defense Act (H.R. 2802), that closely mirrors Mississippi’s version.

4/4/16