(WREG-TV) The struggle over gay and straight is still hard for many people in Mississippi to talk about.
Pastor Rick Sayger of Colonial Hills Baptist Church says their faith tells them marriage is between a man and a woman only.
“Our stand is not based on our opinion, but on God in his word.”
It’s a belief shared by many in the Magnolia State.
A House subcommittee, however, voted to remove legislation recently passed by the state senate that critics said would have given businesses the green light to discriminate against the gay community by denying them services if a business owner felt it caused a religious conflict.
The bill was said to be even stronger and further reaching the one proposed in Arizona that’s sparked outcries from supporters of equal rights from around the world.
The Arizona governor vetoed the legislation Wednesday.
Mississippi senators voted unanimously in support of the bill.
But Senator Davis Blunt said on Facebook he wasn’t aware the bill allowed discrimination, and that he’s opposed to discrimination and was already working to remove it the legislation
Sayger said it’s a tough position to be in.
He said his church, like the founder of Chik-fil-A, doesn’t support same-sex marriage
But making rules about who can and can’t be served when they hold hands or are together, well, that’s harder, and Sayger said his church shouldn’t be anti-anyone.
“It’s polarizing, it causes people to say it’s anti this or anti that. I hate those words. I really believe that people who struggle just want to be loved, want to be helped, want to be reached.”