Seems like there's controversy with one of these in basically every Southern state right now. The one here in North Carolina is drawing national outrage, with businesses threatening to leave and government officials from other states barring non-essential state travel (which I think is a great way to deepen the political divide, but that's a separate issue). Deal recently vetoed the one in Georgia, and now Mississippi is proposing something even stronger. I know that the conservatives love shouting that the liberals are taking away their freedom and that the liberals love bashing the conservatives for being bigots who are denying basic human rights, and nobody seems to be interested in compromise because they're all busy trying to find the best way to compare their opponents to Hitler. That said, doesn't it seem like there is a fairly obvious compromise here? Basically, write the following into law: 1. Religious institutions (e.g. churches, religious schools) may freely hold their employees/members/students/whatever to their own standards of belief and practice. Relatedly, religious leaders may refuse to perform marriage ceremonies based on the beliefs and practice of the couple to be married. 2. Businesses may not discriminate based on the sex/race/religion/gender identity/sexual orientation/whatever of their customers. And, just to clarify (2) a bit: 3. Artists may not discriminate based on the sex/race/religion/gender identity/sexual orientation of their customers, but they may refuse to produce art with certain content to which they object. So photographers can refuse to take nude shots, cake decorators can refuse to make cakes that say "yay gay marriage," "God hates f**s," or "Roll Tide," but they can't refuse to produce the exact same product for two different people based on sex/race/religion/etc of the person. There. Done. Why does this need to keep being an issue?