Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a controversial religious freedom/anti-gay bill today that made it harder for gays to sue people who believe marriage is between a man and a woman for discrimination.
But what Governor Bryant left out is that his own son, Patrick, is gay and that the elder Bryant has steered business to Patrick’s interior design company, including a $500K contract to decorate the governor’s manse. The link to the original story is dead but it comes from the January 2013.
Here’s the younger Bryant describing his work to the local press:
Nationally renowned designer Wendy Putt helped Mrs. Bryant decorate, but her own son Patrick is also a talented designer who explains his inspiration for the dining room’s table setting.
“I really just wanted it to look like home,” 24-year-old Patrick Bryant said. “If you notice the glasses are not ornate, no fine crystal or china. I wanted it just to look like back in the 1800s. They would have just had something they brought from the kitchen with fresh fruit in it, fresh flowers from the garden.”
(We’re agnostic–that’s none of our business, as our Mississippi friends, would say–as to whether or not this bill discriminates against gay people but we do find it funny that the government discriminates in favor of his fabulously gay son.)