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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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Lawsuit settled over alleged bullying of gay students in Mississippi school district

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Destin Holmes
The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced a settlement of its federal lawsuit alleging that gay students were routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district. [...]

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Starkville, Miss., aldermen: No insurance coverage for same-sex partners

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Starkville aldermen have overridden the mayor's veto of their earlier decision to bar city employees from buying buy health insurance coverage for unmarried domestic partners, including those of the same sex. [...]

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Mississippi Supreme Court hears arguments over same-sex divorce

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Mississippi Supreme Court
The Mississippi attorney general's office told the court that the state can't grant a divorce to same-sex couple because their marriage is void in Mississippi. [...]

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Mississippi school district approves policy to discourage gay-straight alliances

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Superintendent Lynn Weathersby said "there has been a group wanting to form a gay club" and that he had sought guidance about what could be done legally "to limit organizations like that on campus." [...]

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Federal appeals court weighs overturning marriage bans in three southern states

Friday, January 9, 2015
5th Circuit
Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas took their stands against same-sex marriage Friday before a federal appellate court with a powerful legacy of pushing Deep South conservatives out of their comfort zones on civil rights. [...]

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5th Circuit to hear appeals in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas marriage rulings

Thursday, January 8, 2015
John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans,   home of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
A federal appeals court in New Orleans will hear arguments Friday in challenges to same-sex marriage bans in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. [...]

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Mississippi town rescinds health coverage for unmarried domestic partners

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Starkville, Miss., aldermen voted 5-2 Tuesday night to rescind the insurance plan that had been in effect since last fall. [...]

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Marriage News Watch: January 5, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015
Marriage equality comes to Florida this week, so why are opponents saying it's not? Matt Baume reports on what's really going on, and how they're still trying to stop the weddings. [...]

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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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