We would like to believe that one day soon the Legislature will come to its senses and repeal the "religious freedom" law.
We would like to believe that, but we don't. So, we're going to encourage every restaurant, hotel, bar, casino or other attractions to proudly join the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association's "Everyone's Welcome Here" campaign.
Call the MHRA at 601-608-0221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get an "Everyone's Welcome Here" sticker for your business.
The stakes are high.
Every day another potential employer lets it be known that it is unhappy with the law.
It is up to the Coast to let it be known that we agree.
It's a bad law.
And now its supporters have taken to blaming the media. The media, you see, isn't telling you the truth about the law because if it did, you'd be for it.
For the record, the law, as signed by the governor, can be found on our website, SunHerald.com.
Please read it.
Reading the law led six law professors -- from Ole Miss, Mississippi College, Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia University in New York -- to arrive at the same conclusion we did last week -- the law is unconstitutional. You can read their work on our website as well.
Supporters say the law merely protects people with deeply held religious beliefs from having conflicting beliefs forced upon them. For example, some don't believe gays and lesbians should be allowed to fall in love and get married.
But not all religious leaders share that belief and not all of them believe the law is necessary.
The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi said Gov. Phil Bryant signing the bill into law was "deeply disappointing."
"Ungrounded fear is never a solid foundation for legislation," the Rt. Rev. Brian R. Seage wrote. "That seems to be the case here."
We have interviewed a lot of people on the law and no one has been able to cite a single instance on the Coast or in Mississippi where a baker has been threatened with legal action by a same-sex couple, a single instance where a member of the clergy has been threatened, a single instance where the owner of a bathroom has been threatened.
And yet, we have this law.
This law and all its attendant fallout.
Travel to the state is being banned. Tourists are going elsewhere. It's playing out all over social media and it's ugly. And it's deserved.
In retaliation for the backlash, the law's supporters are trying to drag race into the issue, saying a black business owner wouldn't be forced to cater to a Klan rally.
But the NAACP isn't buying it.
"It mirrors a sincerely held religious belief and moral conviction, once held by many and still held by some that African-Americans are only suited for slavery," wrote state NAACP President Derrick Johnson.
It's too late to save our lawmakers from themselves, but it's not too late to save Mississippi. We don't expect them to act, so everyone who opposes this travesty of a law should join us in the chorus of inclusion.
And though the next election is a long four years away, we'll help voters remember the names of those who brought us here.
This editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board. Opinions of columnists, and cartoonists are their own.