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Former Mississippi Governor Calls Sen. Portman’s Marriage Evolution a ‘Lesson’ for Other Officials

Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

In a new op-ed, Former Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove commends Republican Senator Rob Portman for stepping out in support of marriage equality and calls on other elected leaders to consider the profound, personal impact the denial of equal rights has on real American families.

Musgrove writes about his deep personal regret for signing a bill that denied LGBT Mississippians the right to adopt during his time as Governor:

I believed at the time this was a principled position based on my faith. But I no longer believe it was right.

There are far too many children in America in need of a loving home, who are shuttled between temporary homes and group shelters that fail to provide the stable, nurturing environment all children deserve. If you are fortunate in life, age and knowledge breed compassion. And as I have gotten older, I came to understand, that a person's sexual orientation has absolutely nothing to do with their ability to be a good parent.

… [T]his decision that all of us made together has made it harder for an untold number of children to grow up in happy, healthy homes in Mississippi--and that breaks my heart.

Read former Gov. Musgrove's full op-ed here.

Public opinion continues to shift rapidly in support of LGBT equality across party lines, and a new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows a record high 58 percent of Americans now support same-sex marriage, including 81 percent of voters under age 30.

Find more information on state adoption law and HRC’s All Children – All Families initiative here.

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