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DeGeneres On Mississippi Religious Freedom Law: 'Definition of Discrimination'

Ellen DeGeneres got serious during Thursday's episode of her show, giving her opinion on Mississippi's religious freedom bill that she believes discriminates against LGBT people.

The bill was signed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday and goes into effect in July. It allows businesses, individuals and religious organizations to deny LGBT people the right to adopt children, hold jobs or rent homes.

She called it "the definition of discrimination."

"I thought a lot about what I wanted to say today. And there's something I want to get off my chest. It's a mole that looks like it's changed shape. But I'm gonna talk to my doctor about that," she started. "What I really want to talk about today is what happened this week in Mississippi."

She said the bill "might sound good because the word freedom is in it" but it wasn't.

"Now, I'm not a political person, I'm really not. But this is not political, this is human rights," she explained.

"And I mean, when I see something wrong, I have to talk about it. It's the same thing that I do when I see men wearing Spandex in line at Starbucks. It's wrong and I need to discuss it."

"So, this issue is very personal to me, obviously. I'm disappointed for several reasons. First of all, Mississippi is the only state I know how to spell. Second of all, that is the definition of discrimination."

"It is also something that the Supreme Court already ruled on when they made marriage a right for everyone." She called on the people of Mississippi to not use the bill to discriminate."

"I mean look, there's already so much inequality in the world. Women's rights, gender pay gap, racism. I think we need to remember that we are more similar than we are different," she added. "And we all want the same things. Love, acceptance, kindness, And I want one of those new Teslas."

"So I advocate for less have and more love. Less tearing apart and more coming together. Less sitting and more dancing."

"If you're in Mississippi or North Carolina or anywhere, and you're saddened by the fact that people are judging you based on who you love, don't lose hope," DeGeneres said. "I was fired for being gay, I know what it feels like. I lost everything. But look at me now. I could buy that governor's mansion, flip it, and make a $7 million profit."

April 8, 2016 |

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