When Arkansas passed the law protecting people who discriminate against LGBT people, as Think Progress notes,
most Arkansas businesses stayed on the sidelines, including Tyson Foods
entered against the legislation too late to alter the outcome.
Now the fight is in Mississippi
, on the verge of completing action on an anti-LGBT bill. Human rights groups are urging businesses to tell the governor to veto the bill.
The Human Rights Campaign
lists Tyson Foods
among those corporations on its side. From Mississippi Business
Meanwhile, Tyson spokesman Worth Sparkman said it values religious freedom but opposes legislation that allows discrimination. “Our core values call on us to be respectful of each other and our policies prohibit unlawful harassment and discrimination in the workplace involving race, religion, color, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetics information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected status under federal, state, or local law,” Sparkman said.