Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mississippi Same-Sex Marriage Advocates Continue to Set Themselves Out as Martyrs

Excerpts from Mississippi Public Broadcasting:

  • "We have a lot of legal bumps that we're going to hit; a lot of stuff that we had not considered like something as simple as getting the social security cards changed and things like that. What kind of backlash we're going to get. Yes, we will get a blanket decision and you get a wedding. You get this marriage, but what's going to come after."

  • Rowell and Harbuck are not alone. Sitting in a multipurpose room in the Eudora Welty Public Library in Jackson, same-sex couples from across Central Mississippi met last night to discuss what could happen if the Supreme Court strikes down every state's ban on gay marriage. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara is the Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality -- a gay rights advocacy group.
They bemoan the fact that they can be fired for being gay in Mississippi (although when was the last time anyone heard of this happening? <crickets> So what they are shooting for as they anticipate the Supreme Court decision is they will be able to get you fired for not embracing their lifestyle choice which many have become addicted to and, hence, "cant help it."

  • "We also see the issues of inequality playing out in other spheres of life," says Beach-Ferrara. "You can still be fired for being gay in Mississippi. One of the most urgent issues that we think a lot about is the experience of gay kids and transgender kids who are growing up right now and may not be getting a message that's affirming. And as a result, may be struggling.

It's important to note that they do understand that Mississippians voted to ban same-sex marriage; but they got the court to intervene. So much for Democracy when it comes to gay rights.

  • Mississippians voted in favor of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2004. A federal judge in Jackson, overturned that decision late last year, but an injunction has prevented any same-sex couples in Mississippi from getting married.