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First Mississippi mayor announces his support for marriage equality

| Wednesday, July 16, 2014
David Garcia
WAVELAND, Miss. -- Waveland mayor David Garcia has announced his support for same-sex marriage, marking the first time a sitting mayor in the state of Mississippi has publicly supported marriage equality. Garcia has added his name to "Mayors for the Freedom to Marry," a nationwide effort consisting of more than 450 U.S. mayors advocating for marriage equality.

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Jackson, Miss., city council passes resolution recognizing LGBT citizens

| Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi's capitol city has passed an anti-discrimination resolution recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents -- including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Jackson is the eighth Mississippi municipality to pass such a resolution.

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Seventh Mississippi town passes resolution recognizing LGBT citizens

| Sunday, May 25, 2014
Waveland, Miss.
WAVELAND, Miss. -- The city council in 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.

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Gay rights supporters plan events to counter new Miss. ‘religious freedom’ law

| Friday, May 9, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- At a leafy college campus in north Mississippi and an upscale dinner club in New York, groups are protesting a Mississippi law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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Grassroots business campaign to support LGBT community takes shape

| Friday, April 25, 2014
Eddie Outlaw, a Jackson hair salon owner, displays the stickers he and some other business owners display and have distributed to others in a show of support for gay and lesbian customers, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, outside his business in Jackson, Miss. The group sees this as an effort to push back against a religious-practices bill recently signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. The round, blue window stickers declare: “We don’t discriminate. If you’re buying, we’re selling."
JACKSON, Miss. — In conservative Mississippi, many business owners who support equal treatment for gays and lesbians are pushing back against a new law that bans government from limiting the free practice of religion.

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Coalition of Miss. businesses want LGBT customers to know they’re welcome

| Sunday, April 13, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- Following the Mississippi legislature's recent passage of a religious freedom bill that opponents say could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays, businesses statewide have responded by displaying a decal informing LGBT customers that their business is welcome.

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Miss. governor signs religious freedom bill that could allow anti-gay discrimination

| Thursday, April 3, 2014
Gov. Phil Bryant (R-Miss.)
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices.

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Miss. approves religious freedom bill that could allow anti-gay discrimination

| Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. -- 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.

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Miss. newscaster apologizes for saying gays are in the news too much

| Saturday, March 29, 2014
Dave Elliott
BILOXI, Miss. -- A longtime Mississippi newscaster came under fire this week for a Facebook post complaining about the amount of news coverage dedicated to the LGBT rights recently, and for suggesting that the LGBT community take a "gaycation."

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Miss. Senate sends religious freedom bill back to House as deadline looms

| Friday, March 28, 2014
Mississippi state capitol in Jackson.
JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi lawmakers could try to write a final version of a religious freedoms bill that has sparked concerns about anti-gay discrimination.

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