While other states have seen a major backlash from businesses against measures that allow discrimination against LGBT individuals, Mississippi was never bound to see a similar reaction due to the state's beleaguered economy and largely conservative culture.
After the Republican-controlled legislature passed a bill that will allow businesses deny services to LGBT individuals and let religious groups fire individuals who hold different religious beliefs, the legislation did see opposition from major employers in the state like Nissan, Toyota, Tyson Food, Inc., and Hyatt. But just four days after the bill was sent to his desk, Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed it into law on Tuesday.
Given the state's economy and culture, state lawmakers likely did not feel the same pressures that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) was under in 2015 and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) felt just last week.
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