US: Mississippi gay couples to record out of state marriages in pro-equality statement
Same-sex couples across the US state of Mississippi will today record their marriages performed out of state in a statement for legal protections across the state.
The Associated Press reports that the Campaign for Southern Equality organised the state-wide day of action, which includes couples in eight counties recording their marriages.
The counties in which the couples will record their marriages will be Amite, Desoto, Hancock, Harrison, Hinds, Lafayette, Lamar and Pear River.
The idea behind the day, Reverend Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, the group’s executive director, was to create “a public record of their love and commitment.” She went on to comment on a lack of legal protections for LGBT people in the state.
The move came amid a new law which bans the government from limiting the free practice of religion which took effect on 1 July.