Mississippi

STATUS:

Anti-marriage constitutional amendment; a federal judge has ruled that the amendment is unconstitutional, and the decision is now on appeal to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, with the ruling stayed for 14 days from November 25.

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

On November 25, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves ruled in this federal legal case that denying the freedom to marry to same-sex couples in Mississippi is unconstitutional. The ruling is stayed for 14 days as the state prepares to appeal to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Read more about marriage litigation in Mississippi.

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.

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:

  • The Campaign for Southern Equality is a national effort to assert the full humanity and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in American life and to increase public support for LGBT rights. 
  • 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.

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Finishing the Job: How marriage is moving forward in the final 13 states

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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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