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

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.

Mississippi woman urges lawmakers: ‘Please don’t legislate against my family’

GUEST POST: By Kristen Welch, from Mississippi, who is speaking out against MS Senate Bill 2681, the bill currently being debated by the Mississippi legislature that would grant Mississippians a "License to Discriminate" against people just because they are LGBT.

Southerners speak out for the freedom to marry in new bipartisan campaign

Today, Freedom to Marry is launching Southerners for the Freedom to Marry, a new campaign in partnership with 12 Southern equality organizations that will amplify the voices of marriage supporters in the South.

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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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