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

Thursday, February 6, 2014
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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  1. “…traditionl beliefs firmly founded in the Bible…?” I’m, uh, guessing someone hasn’t actually read the book he proclaims to follow?

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:05pm
  2. Their disconnect? What the fuck is he talking about? I am completely lost. Please someone explain to me what he meant with disconnect.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:05pm
  3. What everyone else sees doesn't agree with HIS idea of reality. Too bad this man's living in the dark ages.

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:11pm
  4. vote him out of office ..

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:06pm
  5. yay!! gulfport

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:06pm
  6. and his hate before its to late for another teen

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:06pm
  7. I can’t believe people still talk about “traditional beliefs”! If our beliefs were still “traditional”, we’d be living under the rule of an absolute monarch and the economy would be based on land and not money.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:07pm
  8. Thank God that Hollywood does not have the sexist, racist, discriminatory values of this Mississippi guy! What a bigoted MOFO!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:08pm
  9. Make hiss life hell as he does to all the GLBT community!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:10pm
  10. funny how they don’t actually know what the bible says

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:10pm
  11. I just checked the post. It’s Mississippi…does anything else need to be said?? I mean you know how they were the first pushing for civil rights in the 60′s. hahahahahaha

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:10pm
  12. They'd still have slavery if they could get away with it.

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:01pm
  13. What Century are we in?

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:18pm
  14. ^exactly

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:30am
  15. Does that make it okay?

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:23am
  16. eventually even Mississippi had to come around to the real world

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:04am
  17. Man, those were real bad times.. Npt saying that they aren't bad still though.. But remember Emmett Till. :,(

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:09am
  18. NO Steve it does NOT make it okay but it's also the deep South and Mississippi. In other words...no surprise here. They don't want us fucking up their traditional marriage and its over 50% divorce rate. Ignorance at its best.

    Replied on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:17pm
  19. Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:14pm
  20. Another closed minded GOP Republican’t Teabagger who don’t care about Equal Rights.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:15pm
  21. I don’t have a problem with people allowing their religion to dictate their personal actions,. I have a problem with politicos who try to impose their religion on others via legislation.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:19pm
  22. He needs to keep his bible out of my constitution

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:19pm
  23. This event was one of the single best things I have done in my life. Somebody needed to make a stand against this kind of close-mindedness.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:24pm
  24. Good for you, Ashley! Thanks for being an ally!!! <3

    Replied on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:25pm
  25. He is not a Christian, he is a BIGOT.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:26pm
  26. Go Gulfport!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:28pm
  27. Good confront the homophobic bigot to his face!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:29pm
  28. Marriage is a sacred act?
    Give me a break already!
    It’s a legal contract that has been twisted.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:30pm
  29. He is free to express his bigotry. What I have a problem with is when he, along with most conservative politicians, use their religious beliefs as an excuse to avoid representing the rights of their LGBT constituents (and they ALL have us in their districts). If an elected official can’t fairly govern and represent straight and gay constituents equally due to their religious beliefs, they should be removed from office immediately.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:32pm
  30. Let him know what you think. The post is still up: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steven-Palazzo/350605302834

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:39pm
  31. Doesn’t he mean “one man, one woman….at a time “? We gay folks couldn’t make any bigger mess out of marriage than the straight folks already have!! Give me a break.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:43pm
  32. For the last week I have ran a the same post to a lot of different sights on a lot of different subjects. Why because I want people to think about a certain issue, the rights of homo sexual as the heterosexuals think what we deserve. this is what I said: I think str8 people should be punished or charged with child abuse. only str8 people give birth to homo sexual children….. this is what I wanted it to do. it made you think about it and now its in your mind. I just want people to know we the homo sexual did not make the problems that say what rights go to who. so i brought up the source of it all.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:56pm
  33. One of the many reasons to vote straight line Democrat. Hopefully his kids are gay.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:57pm
  34. Really?

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:10pm
  35. so what makes this asshat think his view or his opinion is right for EVERYBODY? the bible? please. and if he is a bible person, how can he pick and chose what sins are sins??? its either all or nothing.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:15pm
  36. Kick his ass out ASAP.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:19pm
  37. Families are families no matter what.Love,Respect and Acceptance should matter and for this congressman saying that only straight people should parents and using religion is wrong

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:25pm
  38. KNOCK HIM ON HIS ASS !!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:28pm
  39. Thank you Lbgtq nation for sharing this!! I want everyone to know that we in Mississippi have a great community and will stand for our rights!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:33pm
  40. We are so humbled and grateful to everyone who showed up in support and to all who signed our petition. Though the Congressman hid and sent his henchman to do his dirty work, he knows we were there, he knows that we are not ones who share his beliefs and values. The national recognition of our little group has been overwhelming. I am truly at a loss for words.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:42pm
  41. This makes me proud to be a Mississippian!

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:49pm
  42. Please join us! 11-year Michael Morone was bullied for being a fan of children tv show ‘My Little Pony’, til he ended up hanging himself. He is now on intensive care and might suffer permanent brain damage. Join the campaign! Lets spread the ponies! https://www.facebook.com/events/620411451341235

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:09pm
  43. theres nothing in thebible that says being gay is a sin.. its some men who decide to change the words to make people think that way. sad though that people are ignorant and very impresionable.

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:19pm
  44. ( BRAVE)
    You can be amazing
    You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
    You can be the outcast
    Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
    Or you can start speaking up

    Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
    When they settle ‘neath your skin
    Kept on the inside and no sunlight
    Sometimes a shadow wins
    But I wonder what would happen if you

    Say what you wanna say
    And let the words fall out
    Honestly I wanna see you be brave
    With what you want to say
    And let the words fall out
    Honestly I wanna see you be brave

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:32pm
  45. terriost..

    Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 11:44pm
  46. What do you expect from a conservitive, bible thumping, NOT READING, just thumping southerrner

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:45am
  47. Go get ‘em!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:01am
  48. It’s Mississippi backwards poor uneducated and home to nut jobs

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:34am
  49. Actually I love living in MS, I’m neither backwards, poor, uneducated or a nut job. Please don’t lump all Mississippians this way, Steven Palazzo dehumanized us enough for being gay…. please our community don’t do it to us for being Mississippians too.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:02am
  50. HE NEED TO QUIT, RESIGNATION

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:22am
  51. For all of you making disparaging blanket statements about Mississippi, you’re no better than Palazzo making blanket statements about Mississippians being anti-gay. And like Palazzo does not speak for me with his comments, you don’t speak for me with your insults toward my home state. Thanks.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:43am
  52. ….if we really want change we have to set an example….bashing someone for what they believe in(in this case not agreeing with lgbt) is no different from what they do to us. set an example dont keep the cycle going

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 4:58am
  53. good

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:36am
  54. Yay a new person to troll after the last anti-gay guy blocked me :D

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:56am
  55. Fired!!!!!!! If you cant support the people than you have no place to lead the people…..The bible was written my man not God and changed many many times by man…People who hear voices need meds and or white padded windowless walled rooms.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:50pm
  56. Funny that he criticizes Hollywood’s “disconnect” when he is clearly disconnected himself. The world is changing and moving forward; it will leave him behind.

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:44pm
  57. Carrie Smith!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 3:13pm