STATUS: Anti-marriage constitutional amendment
TAKE ACTION: State activists are working toward fairness for all of Mississippi's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits marriage between same-sex couples in the state.
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.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
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
This month, Freedom to Marry is working to Light Up the Map by urging mayors from all across the United States to voice their support for marriage for same-sex couples and become Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.
Today, Robert & Michael and Matthew & Trey participated in the Campaign for Southern Equality's WE DO Project. Check out nearly a dozen photos from the action in Tupelo, Mississippi from today.
Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, the executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, writes about the actions of the WE DO campaign in Tupelo, MS, the headquarters of the anti-gay so-called American Family Association.
Resources Related to Mississippi
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.
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Mississippi.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".