Mary Mary are the latest stars to boycott the state of Florida for their controversial Stand Your Ground Law.
The gospel duo made the announcement days after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin.
Although Stand Your Ground was arguably not applied during the trial, concerns were raised by many observers who believed it was linked to Zimmerman’s actions against Martin.
“We will Stand with Stevie Wonder & Boycott Florida until the Stand Your Ground Law is changed! We love our fans but we MUST do something!!” the duo announced on Twitter on Thursday.
The sisters — Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina “Tina” Atkins-Campbell — have followed the lead of legendary singer Stevie Wonder, who announced on Tuesday that he will no longer perform in any state with an existing Stand Your Ground law.
“I decided today that until the ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder said during a performance in Canada on Sunday. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.”
The sisters hope their decision will have an impact on their own fans and spark a positive reaction among their supporters.
They said, “We understand a No from us isn’t as big as a No from Stevie Wonder but if all our voices join together we can REALLY change things!”
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