LGBT members living in Mississippi have launched a campaign for marriage equality. As a conservative Southern state, Mississippi seems unlikely to pass same-sex marriage any time soon. Regardless, brave community members are fighting for their right.
Come July, the Campaign for Southern Equality is launching the ‘We Do’ campaign in an effort to push marriage equality forward.
“If you have lived as an LGBT person in the South, you have more than enough strength to change the laws of this country,” said Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara.
The Campaign for Southern Equality will launch the ‘We Do’ campaign which is calling on legislators to grant LGBT individuals the right to marry in their home state.
“What comes next? Mississippi is going to tell you what comes next. We are ready to stand up and to keep pushing forward. [Throughout the state of Mississippi] there are LGBT couples standing up to apply for marriage licenses,” said an activist on the Marriage Equality in Mississippi video.
In Mississippi, 26 percent of same-sex couples are raising children, which is the highest percentage of any state in the United States. However, only 31 percent of Mississippi residents are in support of marriage equality.
“Our politcal system is slow to change…Mississippi is not going to change, if I don’t stand up,” said an activist on the Marriage Equality in Mississippi video.