Mississippi AG Chooses Special Interests Over Religious Freedom

Earlier this month, a federal judge blocked a pro-religious freedom law signed by Mississippi’s Republican governor, Phil Bryant. Governor Bryant vowed to appeal the ruling, but Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, a Democrat, announced that he would not join in the defense of the law. “All HB 1523 has done is tarnish Mississippi’s image while distracting us from the more pressing issues of decaying roads and bridges, underfunding of public education, the plight of the mentally ill and the need to solve our state’s financial mess,” Hood said. The law in question, HB 1523, is meant to protect those with