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Gulf Coast Business Council urges repeal of HB 1523

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD 
 People gather at Jones Park to protest the passing of HB 1523, commonly known as the "religious freedom bill,Ó despite it being a rainy day on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The rally comes on the same day that evangelist Franklin Graham is scheduled to hold the Mississippi Prayer Rally in Jackson.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD People gather at Jones Park to protest the passing of HB 1523, commonly known as the "religious freedom bill,Ó despite it being a rainy day on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The rally comes on the same day that evangelist Franklin Graham is scheduled to hold the Mississippi Prayer Rally in Jackson. SUN HERALD

The Gulf Coast Business Council board of directors in a meeting Tuesday passed a resolution addressing the negative impacts of HB 1523 and calling on Mississippi leaders to repeal the law.

Passed unanimously, the statement said the board "remains troubled by the growing list of negative impacts on the state's economic environment caused by HB 1523 and the worldwide attention it has received."

HB 1523 allows some businesses to refuse service to gay people.

The board said it opposes any public policy that fosters "an environment of discrimination." GCBC follows a strict non-discrimination policy against any person or building based on race, national origin, disability, age or sexual orientation, the resolution says.

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