Grammy museums director wants repeal of Mississippi LGBT law

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The director of two Grammy museums is calling for repeal of a Mississippi law that will let government and business workers cite religious beliefs against same-sex marriage to deny services to people.

Bob Santelli helped bring the only Grammy Museum outside Los Angeles to the Mississippi Delta. Organizers chose Cleveland, Mississippi, for the high-tech, $20 million project because of the state's musical heritage as the cradle of the blues. It opened in March.

The museums had previously released statements opposing House Bill 1523 ( ), saying it allows for discrimination. The bill becomes law July 1.

Santelli says he is also personally calling for repeal after his 28-year-old son, who is gay, canceled plans to visit Mississippi with him.

Supporters of the law say it will protect workers' religious beliefs.


NASSIM BENCHAABANE, Associated Press. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.
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