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

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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
Kendra Johnson
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
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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HRC kicks-off campaign for LGBT equality laws in three southern states

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Chad Griffin
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
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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HRC plans three-year LGBT rights campaign in three Deep South states

| Saturday, April 26, 2014
Ted Richardson, AP (File)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The nation's largest LGBT advocacy organization is launching a three-year, $8.5 million campaign to promote LGBT equality and push for new legal protections in three Southern states dominated by conservative politics and religion and known for resistance to change: Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.

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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
Equality Mississippi
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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