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Mississippi Mayor Endorses Marriage Equality

The mayor of Yazoo City, Mississippi, came out in support of marriage equality earlier this month.

In an interview with The Washington Blade, Mayor Diane Delaware said that she has “no problem” with same-sex marriage.

She said in her interview, “Marriage is a legal thing … It is a passionate, deeply rooted thing in our culture and that’s very personal to the individuals and the tribes if you will — and I call us tribes — or communities who see it a certain way. I have no problem with same-sex marriage.”

Mayor Delaware, who has not replied to further requests from the Blade, also admitted, “My heart says I would vote for same-sex marriage.”

Currently in Mississippi, LGBT people face daunting amounts of harassment and discrimination and enjoy no legal protections at either the local or state level, including a constitutional amendment banning marriage equality.

Due to these and many other obstacles, HRC launched Project One America, a comprehensive campaign to dramatically expand LGBT equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas. HRC also undertook the largest survey of its kind to date on the needs, experiences, and priorities of LGBT people in Mississippi.

To learn more about the survey and the state of equality in Mississippi, click here.

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