Mississippi

STATUS:

Anti-marriage constitutional amendment

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

Marriage supporters across the state are continuing to speak out in favor of equality, working to overturn anti-marriage laws in Mississippi so that all same-sex couples can share in the freedom to marry.

Two lawsuits are currently being considered in Mississippi concerning married same-sex couples who want to divorce - in order to do so, the state of Mississippi must respect their out-of-state marriage license. Read more about marriage litigation in Mississippi

HISTORY:

In 2004, anti-gay forces in Mississippi pushed through Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage.

GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:

  • Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide. 
  • Equality Mississippi is a statewide organization working toward fairness and equality for LGBTQ Mississippians.

POLLING DATA:

A majority (49%) of Mississippians support some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples which up from 38% only a couple years ago. (Public Policy Polling, November 2013)

NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:

According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 3,484 same-sex couples are living in Mississippi, representing 3.1 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

Blog Posts Related to Mississippi

Finishing the Job: how marriage is moving forward nationwide

Now, as momentum surges across the country, it is more important for supporters to do all they can to speak out for the freedom to marry nationwide. Here's what's going on in the 4 other states set up for the freedom to marry soon, plus the 15 where same-sex couples continue to be denied the freedom to marry.

Same-sex couples fight for marriage in Mississippi

Today, October 20, the Campaign for Southern Equality filed a federal lawsuit in Mississippi on behalf of two same-sex couples fighting for Mississippi to both respect out-of-state marriages as well as allow marriage between same-sex couples.

WATCH: Lance Bass and fiancé discuss growing support for marriage in the South

Lance Bass and his fiancé, Michael Turchin, explain more about the increasing support for the freedom to marry in Mississippi and beyond in a new video for Southerners for the Freedom to Marry.

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Resources Related to Mississippi

Census 2010: More Gay Parents Raising Children in South

UCLA demographers analyzing 2010 Census Bureau data have found that same-sex couples raising children are more common in the South than in any other region in the United States.

Mississippi Census Snapshot

Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Mississippi.

Geographic Trends Among Same-Sex Couples in the U.S. Census and the American Community Survey

Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".

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