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Mississippi is the 20th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Dec. 10, 1817. Its capital and most populous city is Jackson.

LGBT Rights in Mississippi: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in November 2004. Mississippi law does not address discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. State law does not address hate crimes based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Mississippi permits adoption by an unmarried adult without regard to sexual orientation, but couples of the same gender may not adopt jointly.

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Mississippi files notice of appeal in same-sex marriage case, ask to extend stay

Friday, November 28, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi's attorney general has taken first steps to appeal a federal judge's ruling that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage. A formal notice of appeal was filed late Wednesday in federal court in Jackson and with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans [...]

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Federal judge overturns Mississippi same-sex marriage ban, ruling stayed

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal judge on Tuesday overturned Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but circuit clerks cannot immediately start to issue marriage licenses to gay or lesbian couples because the order was on hold for two weeks so the state can appeal. State attorneys have already said they will [...]

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Mississippi Supreme Court schedules arguments in same-sex divorce case

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Mississippi resident Lauren Czekala-Chatham (center) is seeking to have her same-sex marriage recognized by the state in order to obtain a divorce.
JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear arguments Jan. 21 from a woman who wants the state to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce. [...]

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Same-sex couple’s divorce case before Mississippi Supreme Court

Sunday, November 16, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- The attorney for a woman who wants the state of Mississippi to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce says his client's case is on a parallel track to the efforts in federal court to overturn the state's ban on gay marriage. [...]

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Judge hears arguments in challenge to Mississippi gay marriage ban

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal judge heard five hours of arguments Wednesday about whether to overturn Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, and he pressed attorneys to say whether the state's interests outweigh those of gay or lesbian couples who want the same legal rights as straight couples. [...]

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Mississippi officials seek to uphold ban on same-sex marriage

Monday, November 10, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi's Republican governor and Democratic attorney general are asking a federal judge to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriage. The state made the request in court papers Monday, responding to a lawsuit filed Oct. 20 in U.S. District Court in Jackson by two lesbian couples and [...]

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HRC launches first ever LGBT public education campaign in Mississippi

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Mary Jane Kennedy, mother to two gay sons speaks about her faith, her belief that God loves gays like everyone else and the need for people of faith especially in the Deep South, to envelop gays, lesbians, and transgender people, at her Brandon, Miss., home Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.
BRANDON, Miss. -- Mary Jane Kennedy considers herself a conservative Christian Republican, and she's led Bible studies in her native Mississippi for decades. She's also the mother of two gay sons and one of the faces in a new advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South [...]

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Hearing set for next week in challenge to Mississippi same-sex marriage ban

Friday, November 7, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal judge will hear arguments next week in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage. A hearing before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday in Jackson. [...]

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DOMA attorney to lead federal challenge to Mississippi same-sex marriage ban

Monday, October 20, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal lawsuit has been filed challenging Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage. The challenge was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Jackson on behalf of two same-sex couples and the Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE). [...]

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ACLU seeks to file brief in Mississippi same-sex couple’s divorce case

Thursday, September 25, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- The American Civil Liberties Union wants to file a brief in support of a woman who wants the state of Mississippi to recognize her same-sex marriage in order to grant a divorce. The Mississippi Supreme Court has not ruled on the motion filed Thursday. It's unclear if [...]

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