Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Kelly English, Others Hosting Big Gay Mississippi Dinner in NYC

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

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Karen Lo of the Daily Meal website reports on Big Gay Mississippi Welcome Table Dinner being planned for June 13th in New York City.

Headlining the event are Restaurant Iris/Second Line's Kelly English, John Currence of City Grocery and other restaurants in Oxford, and Art Smith, who owns restaurants from Chicago to Atlanta.

From the story:

The evening will feature several Southern chefs and celebrities who will join forces to oppose Mississippi’s recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The bill, which will enable businesses and individuals to refuse services to LGBT citizens on the grounds of religious freedom, has also been called the “Turn Away the Gays” bill.

English has waded in these waters before when he vowed to host a fundraiser for the opponent who runs against Brian Kelsey, who proposed a similar "Turn Away the Gays" bill for Tennessee back in February. Kelsey later pulled his sponsorship. The bill was later killed in committee.

"There are a lot of great things happening in Mississippi and Southern hospitality is alive and well, and all-encompassing," English told the Daily Meal. "There are two sides to every story and we want to be able to show that second side.”

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