LGBT Supporters Rally at CapitolBy Daniel Cherry | Published 26 Mar 2013 09:56pm |
Supporters of same sex marriage in Mississippi rallied on the steps of the state Capitol as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on two gay marriage cases. Supporters say they want equal treatment under the law.
More than one hundred supporters of gay marriage braved the cold Tuesday night to cry out for Mississippi and the nation to recognize same-sex marriages.
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments over California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA. Jamie Mahan of Jackson is calling for the repeal of DOMA. She and her partner were married in New York, but that marriage isn't recognized in Mississippi.
"I hope that the Defense of Marriage Act is voted unconstitutional and within the next few years we can do joint taxes and all the things that heterosexual couples enjoy."
Some argue the courts shouldn't handle same-sex marriage because they say it's an issue that should be left up to the states. But Bear Atwood with the Mississippi ACLU believes same sex marriage deserves a national stage.
"Why should people in Mississippi not have the same rights that someone in New York or California or Iowa have? When it comes to a constitutional right, that's not the kind of thing you say, 'Well in some states it's a right and in some states it's not.'"
Zach Magee of Hattiesburg organized the rally and says the effort isn't just about marriage. It's about having the same rights as a heterosexual couple.
"We can be married and I can go to work and talk about my husband and be fired just for being gay and for no other reason than that. So right now, marriage is what we're pushing for, for these specific events, but there's still so much more to go and we're not going to stop until it's all done."
Same-sex marriage supporters held rallies across the country last night, and in three places in Mississippi. Oxford, Jackson, and Gulfport.
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