Mississippi Businesses Defy Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Law with 'We Don't Discriminate' Decals


A new campaign launched by a group of entrepreneurs is taking off in Mississippi, the Clarion Ledger reports:

If You're Buying, We're Selling started in the commercial district of Jackson's Fondren neighborhood last week, and has since spread statewide. The campaign is built around opposition to Senate Bill 2681, which proponents claim would only raise the burden government has to meet before denying someone's right to practice their religious beliefs...

...Eddie Outlaw, who owns William Wallace Salon and Fondren Barber Shop, was part of the creative team behind If You're Buying, with Mitchell Moore, who owns Campbell's Bakery in Fondren.

"A lot of us were trying to counter the negative stuff from outside Mississippi," Outlaw said, referring to the national coverage 2681 got while it circulated the Capitol. "We wanted to let people know – not just the LGBT community but the progressive community as a whole – that this doesn't represent everybody here."

Businesses have begun displaying the decals, which are being produced by Equality Mississippi, in their front windows. Let's hope the whole state gets on board.

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  1. Stickers.

    This is the activism level in Mississippi.


    Posted by: Tigernan | Apr 13, 2014 9:08:41 AM

  2. "This is the activism level in Mississippi.

    No, it's the action level of allies in Mississippi. And in some areas, this won't be a minor action to take. It's a guarantee that they will lose some business.

    Don't assume any one action is all there is, but don't put down one important action because it isn't everything.

    Posted by: Lymis | Apr 13, 2014 9:14:59 AM

  3. There isn't negative stuff from outside Mississippi. There is however, a reaction to the negative rot coming from here in Mississippi.

    Posted by: RayJacksonMs | Apr 13, 2014 9:19:08 AM

  4. Here are the bigots who were present at the closed door drawn curtains signing of the GOP Crow law.


    Posted by: RayJacksonMs | Apr 13, 2014 9:20:38 AM

  5. This is an important push-back.
    It's not just stickers, it is a declaration for open, equal , non-discriminatory practices by non biased owners of businesses.
    I'm all for it.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 13, 2014 9:21:19 AM

  6. Lymis is right. This is by its very nature, a grass roots movement. Hopefully it is sustainable and will grow.

    Posted by: Angela Channing | Apr 13, 2014 9:23:30 AM

  7. I agree with ANGELA CHANNING, and I like it.

    If I were an advisory member of the gay mafia, I'd suggest that there's no reason that this inoffensive little "push back" statement couldn't spread to other states and/or nationwide.

    Posted by: James in Toronto | Apr 13, 2014 9:38:41 AM

  8. It would be more effective if they hadn't placed the rainbow flag on it. We're after those in the middle and forcing someone to display what is basically a gay pride flag is going to deter a lot if rednecks.

    Posted by: michael | Apr 13, 2014 9:41:58 AM

  9. Yeah we don't want to remind them, Michael, that the core group this law targets is LGBT people.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Apr 13, 2014 9:59:07 AM

  10. It is good to see them, standing up for equality. and yes they may lose a few Right Wing Conservative, Christian Nutjobs (RWCCN) But the ones who want something in their store will shop there any way. but that is how the RWCCN, work if they dont like something they cry and scream about it but let one of those store owners have something they want on sale, and they will run in there to get it.so they probably will not lose much business.

    Posted by: Meri Equality Justus | Apr 13, 2014 10:21:08 AM

  11. It's stickers. I was being snarky at first, but it really is breathtaking what the new gays will accepts as "allies." Look to your history, babes, and realize why we're not doing as well as we should. You lot were supposed to pick things up and do better.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Apr 13, 2014 10:29:02 AM

  12. this response is a fantastic one to an archaic, unnecessary and homophobic law.... It surely makes the gay community shine in the face of adversity.......turning lemons into lemonade!

    Posted by: Bernie | Apr 13, 2014 10:33:43 AM

  13. Its just amazing how republicans are constantly on the wrong side of history. It's 2014 and over time this law will damage Mississippi. As if the state isn't already damaged as it is. Mississippi already ranks the worst in numerous categories.

    I wish this grassroots movement all the best, they'll need support.

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Apr 13, 2014 11:08:07 AM

  14. Tigernan, I think you are dismissing the importance of gay visibility and clear statements of support from allies. The success of our fight for equality is built on it. Before AIDS began us out of the closet in the 1980s we had limited success passing basic job and housing protections in a few progressive cities like San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Madison. Today, because so many LGBT individuals, our friends, and families unequivocally state we are here and will no longer tolerate second class status, the front lines in the fight have moved from San Francisco to Jackson. That is mind-boggling!

    Is Mississippi 30 years behind the times on our issues? In many ways - yes. But the simple statement of support and a willingness to do business with LGBT people is powerful and a critical step to assuring that in 30 more years it will be as safe to be openly gay in Mississippi as it is today in San Francisco.

    Posted by: Smartypants | Apr 13, 2014 11:08:25 AM

  15. @Tigernan: Stickers won't undo the law (though the Constitution might), but it's not trivial for businesses to send a clear signal that they don't support the law and they don't discriminate. If I lived in Mississippi, I would welcome this gesture and what it represents.

    It's not like this is or has to be the only activism in the state.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 13, 2014 11:12:18 AM

  16. As long as the law in on the books I'll boycott all things Mississippi and any other State that openly discriminates against gay people.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Apr 13, 2014 11:22:21 AM

  17. Mike, I actually encourage you and others to boycott; if I didn't live here I'd boycott, too. But I (and many others) DO live here, and we can't exactly stop paying rent, buying groceries, or filling our cars. At least this way we know which businesses support us, and we can frequent those.

    Posted by: Honey | Apr 13, 2014 11:35:32 AM

  18. It's not so much about the businesses that place this sticker in their window, it'll be more about the businesses that don't. It's going to be even easier for straight allies to see which businesses they should avoid. Straight people would never run into these issues and wouldn't know that the shop owners don't believe in equality. Now they know before even going into those stores, or even better, avoiding stores that don't display the sticker. It's always interesting to see how far these people will follow their beliefs when their monthly income starts dropping.

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 13, 2014 12:10:18 PM

  19. the buying/selling part implies that the reason is to get your business -i'd like this better if they simply said, "we don't discriminate".

    Posted by: pc | Apr 13, 2014 12:36:21 PM

  20. This should be looked at in the positive and supportive way it is intended. Every step towards equality helps regardless of the size of the step. lets hope it picks up steam.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Apr 13, 2014 12:43:43 PM

  21. This is exactly what I said would happen. Now watch the right-wing start screaming about being forced to wear Stars of David in order to do business.

    You made them possible, idiots.

    Posted by: Chaz | Apr 13, 2014 12:53:41 PM

  22. I think it's great It's not always easy to stand up and do what's right in the face of opposition I commend them for standing against oppression and to them I say thank you.

    Posted by: Jeff | Apr 13, 2014 1:06:03 PM

  23. Im glad the Not All Like That (NALT) people are directing their message to EVERYONE and not just gays. Thats good.

    Posted by: OrigamiSquirrel | Apr 13, 2014 1:27:08 PM

  24. I think this is brilliant. If I lived in that State I'd only shop where one of these stickers was displayed.

    Posted by: peter | Apr 13, 2014 1:31:21 PM

  25. @Chaz, If you live your life worrying about what the the right wing is going to scream about, then you will do nothing because of paralyzing fear.

    To all those who criticize this simple gesture, action takes many forms and like we used to say in the Marines "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem"! So instead of criticizing let us know what you have done differently that was sucessful.

    Posted by: Howard B | Apr 13, 2014 1:56:13 PM

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