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ACBL Board of Directors Stands Up for Basic Human Rights

The ACBL HQ is in Horn Lake, Mississippi where Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday, April 5 signed House Bill 1523 which Rep. Stephen Holland called "the most hateful bill I have seen in my career in the legislature". Major Corporations around the country are publicly condemning these so called "Religious Freedom" bills which discriminate against LGBT people.

Below is the official ACBL letter to Governor Phil Bryant opposing HB 1523

 

April 4, 2016

Governor Phil Bryant

P.O. Box 139,

Jackson MS 39205

 

Dear Gov. Bryant,

 

The American Contract Bridge League (ACBL), a 168,000 member 80-year-old association based in Horn Lake, Mississippi, joins other businesses across the state to seriously request you veto House Bill 1523.

 

The freedom of choice and fairness policies of our organization, which serve bridge players across NorthAmerica, directly conflict with the provisions of this bill. Not only do our rules prohibit status-based discrimination in employment or membership, the discriminatory intent of HB 1523 make it impossible for us to schedule any of our three annual national championship conventions in the state, and will force us to reconsider our permanent home here. Our own rules forbid us from doing so in jurisdictions that specifically target lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people.

 

Mississippi’s own Chamber of Commerce opposes this bill. “As the State Chamber of Commerce for a state thathas proven its hospitable and business-friendly approach, the Mississippi Economic Council opposes efforts that would intentionally or unintentionally prevent Mississippi businesses from implementing and enforcing non-discrimination policies, or that would limit diversity and inclusion impacting their customers and employees,” the organization said in a statement. “HB 1523 conflicts with this policy.”

 

HB 1523 is bad for the ACBL, bad for business, and bad for the people of the state. Please reject this discriminatory legislation.

 

Yours very truly,

American Contract Bridge League

 

Ken Monzingo         Robert Hartman

 

ACBL President        ACBL CEO

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