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LGBT community protests U.S. congressman’s anti-gay Facebook post

Thursday, February 6, 2014
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John Fitzhugh, APMembers of the South Mississippi LGBT community march to U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo's office in Gulfport, Miss., on Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014 to protest comments he made after the Grammys.

John Fitzhugh, AP
Members of the Gulfport, Miss., LGBT community march to U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo’s office on Feb. 5, 2014 to protest comments he made following the Grammy Awards.

GULFPORT, Miss. — Members of the local LGBT community marched through the streets of Gulfport, Miss., on Wednesday, ending with a demonstration outside the office of GOP U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo to protest what they say is are anti-gay remarks.

The protest was sparked by a comment on Palazzo’s Facebook page last week criticizing the nationally television marriage ceremony — that included several same-sex couples — during the Grammy Awards on Jan. 26.

“Unfortunately, Hollywood doesn’t value the same conservative beliefs we do in Mississippi.” Palazzo wrote the following morning, accompanied by a photo of a same-sex couple who participated in the ceremony. “Last night’s demonstration at the #Grammys is a perfect example of their disconnect.”

The local LGBT community blasted Palazzo’s remarks as anti-gay and say they want an apology.

Prior to Wednesday’s demonstration, Palazzo told the Clarion-Ledger that he is “a Christian and firm believer in traditional family values,” and that “marriage is a sacred promise between one man and one woman.”

“Unfortunately, Hollywood elites take every opportunity to depict the world in their own view, and that is a view that I believe moves away from traditional beliefs firmly founded in the Bible,” he said.

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