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SCOTUS Action Spurs LGBT Activists in Mississippi

The Human Rights Campaign issued the following statement on today's U.S. Supreme Court decision declining to hear several marriage equality cases before the court:

HRC Mississippi committed to advancing fairness and ensuring justice across Mississippi

WASHINGTON, DC—Today’s Supreme Court action provides momentum for equality work across Mississippi, and reinforces the need for protections in housing, employment and public accommodations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Mississippians. The Supreme Court made history—bringing final marriage victories to five states and paving the way for possibly six more. But although marriage equality is now the law of the land in 24 states, today’s victory didn’t extent to LGBT Mississippians.

“Any time same-sex couples are extended marriage equality is something to celebrate, and today is a joyous day for thousands across America who will immediately feel the impact of today’s Supreme Court action," said HRC Mississippi Director Rob Hill. "But this news is an unfortunate reminder that LGBT Mississippians still lack basic legal protections against discrimination, and cannot legally marry the person they love in the place they call home.”

LGBT Mississippians are just as worthy of full legal equality as folks living elsewhere across the country, and they should be given the same dignity and respect. It is for this reason that HRC remains fully committed to creating one America for LGBT people, united under a single banner of fairness.

HRC Mississippi is working to advance equality for LGBT Mississippians who have no protections in housing, workplace, or public accommodations; legal state recognition for their relationships and families; state rights to jointly adopt children; and state protections from hate crimes. Through HRC Mississippi, we are working toward a future of fairness every day--changing hearts, minds and laws toward achieving full equality.

Comments

jocepritchett 3 years, 1 month ago

http://jacksonfreepress.com/users/pho... Every year they make us wait is another year my family is at risk. We deserve to be married too! What makes us lesser in Mississippi than someone in Indiana or Iowa or Maine?

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briarpatch_39272 3 years, 1 month ago

Every year they make us wait is another year of our lives, that we don't have freedom and equal rights as citizens of the United States of America. So that means we are second class citizens? That is what the voters decided in 2004 when they passed that amendment to OUR constitution in this state. The state where I have lived most of my life. I'm not afforded the same rights as others. So, I am not a REAL CITIZEN. I am another class of citizen.

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