After claiming credit for stripping language from Senate Bill 2681 that would have allowed individuals to deny service based on religious beliefs, the Campaign for Southern Equality is continuing their push for gay rights in Mississippi.
Via their “WE DO Campaign,” the Campaign for Southern Equality is seeking a sympathetic, local elected official in the south to grant a marriage license to a gay couple. Short of that goal, homosexuals around the state of Mississippi and the South are planning to apply for marriage licenses on March 25th. Since gay marriage is not legal in the state, gay rights advocates expect to us the denials as evidence of the harm that is caused by prohibitions against same-sex couples. Undoubtedly, gay rights advocates will use those experiences in law suits to force their will upon the people.
Prodded by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), three Mississippi cities, Starkville, Hattiesburg, and Oxford have passed resolutions this year that recognize the “dignity and worth of . . . lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender [residents].” HRC’s mission statement declares, “HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender] citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.” Vice President Joe Biden addressed HRC on March 22nd and stated, “Barack [Obama] and I believe that the rights of [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender] people is an inseparable part of America’s promotion of human rights around the world.”
For more information:
- Senate Bill 2681
- Same-Sex Couple Plan on Applying for Mississippi Marriage Licenses
- Recognizing LGBT Residents: Next City on the List is Oxford
- Gay-marriage supporters take aim at the South
- Human Rights Campaign