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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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Marriage News Watch: Fourth Circuit recap, Miss. couples register marriage licenses

| Monday, August 18, 2014
Jean Dawell of Delhi joined hundred of others along with the group Why Marriage Matters Ohio at a rally for gay marriage in Lytle Park, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in Cincinnati.
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) recaps last week’s refusal by the Fourth Circuit to delay it's order striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. Now, anti-gay defendants have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in at the last minute.

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Same-sex couples in 7 Miss. counties record out-of-state marriage licenses

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Joce Pritchett Carla Webb of Jackson, Miss., pictured here with their two children, were among the couples who recorded their out-of-state marriage.
JACKSON, Miss. -- In a move that's more symbolic than substantial, same-sex couples in seven Mississippi counties were allowed to file out-of-state marriage licenses into chancery court land records Wednesday, while couples were barred from filing documents in one coastal county. Couples say filing the papers does not overturn Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage...

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Miss. same-sex couples to record out-of-state marriage licenses

| Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Advocates for same-sex couples say couples in eight Mississippi counties will record their out-of-state marriage licenses Wednesday at their local Chancery Court offices. Organized by the Campaign for Southern Equality, the statewide day of action for marriage equality will involve couples recording their licenses in Amite, Desoto, Hancock, ...

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HRC hires state leaders to promote LGBT equality in Mississippi, Alabama

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign has announced the hiring of two more state leaders as part of its Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality in three deeply conservative southern states. Rob Hill, a former clergyman, will lead the HRC's efforts in Mississippi, and Ashley Jackson, co-founder of the Mississippi Safe Schools ...

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HRC hires Ark. director to promote LGBT equality in three southern states

| Monday, July 28, 2014
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A Little Rock native who has worked for several nonprofits will be the first Arkansas director for the nation's largest LGBT civil rights group. The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign announced Monday it had hired Kendra Johnson as its state director as part of its $8.5 million Project One America campaign to promote LGBT equality...

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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
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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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HRC kicks-off campaign for LGBT equality laws in three southern states

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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JACKSON, Miss. -- The national LGBT advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign, plans to seek anti-discrimination state laws to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas.

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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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