In the hours after Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 1523 into law, academics, politicians, celebrities, and companies from all walks of life condemned the action, some even calling for travel bans and boycotts.
The world of academia chimed in with a memo from seven different law professors calling HB 1523 unconstitutional.
"We share the view of Justice Kennedy when he expressed that “a bare . . . desire to harm a politically unpopular group cannot constitute a legitimate governmental interest,” and would add that neither can such a desire be justified in the name of religious liberty," the memo said. "HB 1523 presents a conflict with First Amendment religious freedom doctrine by providing for religious exemptions that will meaningfully harm the rights of others, particularly LGBT Mississippians."
Meanwhile, others took to Twitter to share their disappointment, outrage, and sadness.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
This law is a sad, hateful injustice against LGBT community & I will not allow any non-essential official travel to MS until it is repealed.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 5, 2016
Washington Governor Jay Inslee
Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis
The hateful new law in Mississippi is plain wrong. Mississippi has a long dark past, and once again it is on the wrong side of history— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) April 5, 2016
Jackson City Councilman Tyrone C. Hendrix
Mayor Tony Yarber of Jackson
Mississippi native Lance Bass
Actress Patricia Arquette
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff
See more companies and politicians who have taken a stance against HB 1523 here.