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  • 'We Don't Discriminate': Mississippi Business Owners Resist Anti-Gay Law

    In conservative Mississippi, some business owners who support equal treatment for gay and lesbian people are pushing back against a new law that bans government from limiting the free practice of religion.

  • AP Analysis: LGBT Group Faces Political Hurdles in Mississippi

    JACKSON, Mississippi -- A national civil rights group called Human Rights Campaign faces significant challenges as it tries to make Mississippi’s legal climate more open for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

  • CNN/Fox News Ignore Miss. Anti-Gay Law

    Less than two months after national media outlets spotlighted the debate over Arizona's proposed license-to-discriminate measure, CNN and Fox News completely ignored the passage of a similar measure in Mississippi that effectively sanctions the refusal of services to LGBT people.

  • First Mississippi Mayor Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

    WAVELAND, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi mayor has joined hundreds of others across the country to publicly support same sex marriage.

  • Jackson, Mississippi Passes Resolution Favoring LGBT Community

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Jackson City Council has passed an anti-discrimination resolution recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents -- including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

  • Lesbian Suing Mississippi Town for Denying Gay Bar Permit Gets Court Date

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - A woman's federal lawsuit that accuses the leaders of a north Mississippi town of conspiring to prevent her from opening a gay bar by denying her a business license will go to trial Jan. 26, 2015, in Aberdeen.

  • LGBT Center Head Claims Rape at Hands of 'Gay Cure' Counselor

    A man who has grown into healthy self-acceptance and prominence in the LGBT community as the head of an LGBT center in Mississippi says that his journey included a nightmarish detour into "reparative therapy" counseling that used sexual assault as a means of attempting to turn him straight.

  • Mayor Pledges Veto as Starkville Aldermen Reverse Insurance to Same-Sex Couples

    STARKVILLE, Mississippi - Starkville aldermen are rolling back a decision that would have allowed city employees to buy health insurance coverage for one other adult, including possibly a same-sex partner.

  • Mississippi City Passes Resolution Favoring LGBT Community

    The Human Rights Campaign says the Waveland City Council has passed an anti-discrimination resolution recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents -- including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

  • Mississippi Governor Signs Religious Practices Bill

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

  • Mississippi House Votes To Approve Dramatically Altered “Religious Freedom” Bill

    The Mississippi House vote 80 to 37 Wednesday evening to approve a dramatically altered “religious freedom” bill that simply calls for a joint House-Senate Judiciary committee to prepare a report “regarding proposed legislation that protects the religious freedoms of the citizens of the State of Mississippi.” The report is due December 31.

  • Mississippi Religion Bill Draws Debate On Discrimination

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A gay-rights group is asking Mississippi legislators to specify that a religious-practices bill won't open the way for discrimination if it becomes law.

  • Mississippi's Same-Sex Couples To Record Licenses

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Advocates for same-sex couples say couples in eight Mississippi counties will record their out-of-state marriage licenses Wednesday at their local Chancery Court offices.

  • MS Governor Intervenes In Same-Sex Divorce Case

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is intervening in a case involving a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce.

  • Op-Ed: 'Colbert: Prove You're Gay'

    (CNN) -- One backward notion that has been used to differentiate the 1960s Civil Rights movement from today's struggle for LGBT equality in the United States is the idea that gay people are somehow "invisible" and can hide who they are.

  • Religious Freedom Bill Passes Mississippi Senate

    The Mississippi House was expected to vote at deadline Tuesday on a bill aimed at allowing a person to discriminate against others by asserting he or she has a religious motivation for doing so. The Mississippi Senate has already passed the bill and the governor has been unclear about whether he would sign it, if it reached his desk. But the bill is the latest sign that the clash between the freedom of religion and non-discrimination laws continues to expand across the country.

  • Religious-Practices Bill Headed to Mississippi Governor

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers on Tuesday passed the final version of a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices, a measure that sparked debate about possible discrimination against gay people and other groups.

  • Starkville Changes Insurance For Same-Sex Partners

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Starkville aldermen are rolling back a decision that would have allowed city employees to buy health insurance coverage for one other adult, including possibly a same-sex partner.