Mississippi Is Changing Its State Flag, Confederate Statues Could Be Next

Mississippi no longer has a state flag, after lawmakers voted Sunday to remove the Confederate symbol, making it the final state in the U.S. to do so. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) will be signing the bill at 6 pm local time today.

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Righteous Defiance in Mississippi

A Mississippi law that protects individuals, businesses, and government employees who decline to provide services for gay weddings will go into effect July 1.

The legislation is one example of a spate of so-called “Religious Freedom” laws that carve out legal protections for people and organizations who object to gay marriage on religious grounds. The Mississippi law protects a range of professionals who don’t want to provide their services to gay weddings or married couples, from therapists to adoption services to wedding DJs.

Critics of the legislation claim it will open the door for sweeping discrimination against Mississippi’s LGBT minority. But supporters say there is more to the story. They argue the law is narrowly tailored to offer much-needed protection for Christian’s religious liberty amid a rising tide of anti-Christian discrimination and a growing cultural hostility across the United States to personal faith.

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Read “Judge Orders Mississippi School District to Desegregate, Ending Decades-Long Fight” – http://bit.ly/1Wx0sVr

Watch “Heritage and Hate: Mississippi’s State Flag” – http://bit.ly/1JOVsQ9

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Heritage and Hate: Mississippi’s State Flag

Mississippi’s state flag is the last in the US containing the Confederate battle flag. VICE News and Kal Penn travel to the Magnolia State for a lesson on race relations, barbecue, and the meaning of southern heritage for black and white residents of Mississippi.

In Photos: At the KKK’s South Carolina Confederate Flag Rally – http://bit.ly/1YwoAH6

Watch: Raw Coverage of the KKK’s Confederate Flag Rally in South Carolina – http://bit.ly/1FbEfVT

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Heritage and Hate: Mississippi’s State Flag (Trailer)

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Mississippi’s state flag is the last in the US containing the Confederate battle flag. VICE News and Kal Penn travel to the Magnolia State for a lesson on race relations, barbecue, and the meaning of southern heritage for black and white residents of Mississippi.

In Photos: At the KKK’s South Carolina Confederate Flag Rally – http://bit.ly/1YwoAH6

Watch: Raw Coverage of the KKK’s Confederate Flag Rally in South Carolina – http://bit.ly/1FbEfVT

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