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.”
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.