Apple says controversial new Mississippi law 'empowers discrimination'

Apple has joined other large companies in opposing a controversial Mississippi law that detractors have criticized for being anti-LGBT. Billed as protecting religious liberty, the Mississippi law allows some taxpayer-funded and private organizations to refuse service to LGBT citizens. Speaking to The Clarion-Ledger (via 9to5Mac), Apple expressed disappointment in the law:

In a statement Thursday, the corporation said the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act "empowers discrimination."

"We want Mississippians to know that our stores and our company are open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love."

Apple joins a number of other technology companies like Microsoft, IBM and HP that have come out against the Mississippi bill. The companies also recently voiced opposition to a similarly controversial anti-LGBT bill in North Carolina.