John Grisham, More Literary Authors Blast Mississippi’s New Anti-Gay Law

John Grisham, More Literary Authors Blast Mississippi’s New Anti-Gay Law
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Following the signing of HB1523, which is regarded as an anti-gay law, by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on April 5, a number of negative reactions were gathered. Apart from celebrities, famous literary authors also expressed their dismay at the new law.


In a statement, 90 authors and writers from Mississippi publicly called for the repeal of the new law that allows hotels and restaurants not to cater to gay weddings and limo companies not to drive for them, Deadline revealed.

“Governor Phil Bryant and the Mississippi legislators who voted for this bill are not the sole voices of our state,” the group, which includes famous author John Grisham, “The Goldfinch’s” Donna Tartt and “The Help’s” Kathryn Stockett, pointed out. The new law is reportedly found in North Carolina as well.

“There have always been people here battling injustice,” the group added. “That’s the version of Mississippi we believe in, and that’s the Mississippi we won’t stop fighting for.”

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The authors and writers continued by saying, “Mississippi has a thousand histories, but these can be boiled down to two strains: our reactionary side, which has nourished intolerance and degradation and brutality, which has looked at difference as a threat, which has circled tightly around the familiar and the monolithic; and our humane side, which treasures compassion and charity and a wide net of kinship, which is fascinated by character and story, which is deeply involved in the daily business of our neighbors.”

In the meantime, singer and songwriter Bryan Adams reportedly cancelled his concert in Mississippi after the law was passed, as reported by BBC News.

The 56-year-old performer commented through a statement he released, that he could not “in good conscience” have a show in the state.

The “Reckless” artist, who was supposed to perform at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on Thursday, further emphasized that he found the newly-signed law “incomprehensible.” The new anti-gay law of Mississippi will be implemented by July 1, unless some changes are made.

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