The Mississippi State University Student Association passed a resolution Tuesday slamming the Legislature's recent passage of House Bill 1523 -- the religious freedom bill -- and urged local and state lawmakers to protect residents from discrimination.
As approved, MSUSA's Resolution 18 decries HB 1523's language as "contrary to the values" of the university's non-discrimination and anti-harassment policy, and opposed to MSU's "overall commitment to the protection of the rights of all students, faculty, staff and administration, regardless of their many diverse backgrounds and characteristics."
It also asks the Legislature to "recognize and protect the rights of all groups as equal, to act in the best interest of the state ... and only support legislation that is of similar sentiment to the values of" the university and its policies.
Resolution 18 was one of two acts denouncing HB 1523 approved by the Student Association in its last meeting, said MSUSA President Roxanne Raven. Raven said she is likely to sign Resolution 18 instead of the other statement since it takes a stronger stance on the issue.