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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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Pastor dresses horse in wedding gown to protest ‘consequences’ of gay marriage

Friday, December 12, 2014
The Clarion-Ledger
Slippery slope: "Do you take this horse to be your unnatural wedded spouse? ... This might be possible if the ban on same-sex marriage is lifted." [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 8, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014
Vernon Scoville, officiates during Robert Gann, left, and John Kenny Rodricks, right, wedding at the Jackson County Courthouse Legislative Chambers, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Scoville is retired associate circuit judge for Jackson County. Same-sex marriages began occurring Friday in the Kansas City area after a federal judge declared that Missouri's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
Marriage could be coming to Florida sooner than we expected. Plus, after last week's big win, the Mississippi lawsuit is now on the fast track to an appeal. [...]

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Mississippi appeal of gay marriage ruling leaves same-sex couples in limbo

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Rebecca Bickett and Andrea Sanders
For weeks, Rebecca "Becky" Bickett and her longtime partner Andrea Sanders kept a bag packed with wedding clothes. [...]

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Court schedules hearing in appeal of Mississippi same-sex marriage ruling

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Three federal appeals court judges will hear arguments next month in a challenge to Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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No same-sex marriages in Mississippi while state appeals ruling

Thursday, December 4, 2014
JACKSON, Miss. -- A federal appeals court on Thursday agreed to expedite the process for considering a challenge to Mississippi's same-sex marriage ban, while extending a stay on a district court's ruling striking down the ban. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: Dec. 1, 2014

Monday, December 1, 2014
Kristin Seaton, center, of Jacksonville, Ark., holds up her marriage license as she leaves the Carroll County Courthouse in Eureka Springs, Ark., with her partner, Jennifer Rambo, left, of Fort Smith, Ark. Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Eureka Springs, Ark. Rambo and Seaton were the first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage license in Eureka Springs after a judge overturned Amendment 83, which banned same-sex marriage in the state of Arkansas.
More victories this week in some very conservative states. We're now closer than ever to the start of marriage in Arkansas and Mississippi. Florida is refusing to issue drivers' licenses to a couple after they married and changed their last name. And support for marriage has skyrocketed in Wyoming. [...]

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

Friday, November 28, 2014
Gov. Phil Bryant (R-Miss.)
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
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
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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