JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — Congressman Bennie Thompson is asking the United States Attorney General to file a federal lawsuit about House Bill 1523.

Thompson, a Democrat, wants Loretta Lynch to file a lawsuit that would declare the bill known as the Religious Accommodations Act to be unconstitutional.

The Congressman, who represents Mississippi’s 2nd district, said he sent a letter to Loretta Lynch about the controversial bill.

“Today, I sent a letter to United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking her to examine Mississippi House Bill No. 1523, the so-called “religious freedom” act, and file suit against the State of Mississippi for the overreaching, unconstitutional, and blatantly discriminatory piece of legislation.”

“The discriminatory bill that the governor signed into law yesterday places a dark cloud over the State of Mississippi and will harm the state in business, industry, academics and reputation.  I implore the Attorney General and the Department of Justice to act swiftly on my request and work to make sure justice and equality prevail.”