by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 13, 2016
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau, aka Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, has released a statement in opposition of the state's passage last week of House Bill 1523, a controversial law that allows public and private businesses to refuse service to the LGBT and transgender community, and even single mothers, based on a business owner's religious beliefs. Among other entities that have issued statements critical of the law are Caesars Entertainment, the Mississippi Hotel & Lodging Association and the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. 
The statement from Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast executive director Renee Areng reads as follows: The Mississippi Gulf Coast boasts a diverse culture, and Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast respects the diversity of its staff, visitors and residents within the region. Our doors and shores are always open to everyone.