Late Tuesday, the Mississippi legislature approved S.B. 2681 - the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The Republican-controlled House vote count was 78-43, and in the Republican-controlled Senate the vote was 38-14.
Much like the controversial Arizona bill known as SB 1062 vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer, the six-page legislation never once mentions the words “sexual orientation,” “gender identity” or “gay.” Still, LGBT advocates insist the legislation would have the effect of allowing discriminatory practices against LGBT people seeking services in Mississippi.
The bill now heads to Governor Phil Bryant's desk. He is expected to sign the legislation into law.
Once signed, the law would take effect July 1.