Southern Governor Fights Same-Sex Marriage — And Lesbian Divorce
September 19 2014 1:33 PM ET

Southern Gov. Fights Same-Sex Marriage — And Lesbian Divorce

Matt Baume

Governor Phil Bryant has aligned himself with the antigay Alliance Defending Freedom in opposing the state's sole challenge to its marriage ban.

Op-ed: These Lesbians Will Break Your Heart
September 19 2014 7:00 AM ET

Op-ed: These Lesbians Will Break Your Heart

Michelle Cheever

While Ilene Chaiken's earlier series depicted the lives of lesbians in glamorous L.A., her latest project is her realest yet.

N.C., Miss. Cities to Offer Same-Sex Spousal Benefits
September 08 2014 5:51 PM ET

N.C., Miss. Cities to Offer Same-Sex Spousal Benefits

Trudy Ring

Winston-Salem becomes the first N.C. city to recognize same-sex marriage for employee benefits purposes, while Starkville, Miss., is the first in the state with domestic-partner benefits.

First Miss. Mayor Announces Support for Marriage Equality
July 17 2014 7:21 PM ET

First Miss. Mayor Announces Support for Marriage Equality

Trudy Ring

David Garcia, mayor of the Gulf Coast city of Waveland, takes a stand for equal marriage rights.

Despite 'Religious Freedom' Law, Miss. Businesses Promise 'We Don't Discriminate'
April 14 2014 3:36 PM ET

Miss. Businesses Take a Stand for LGBT Customers

Sunnivie Brydum

Responding to Mississippi's passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, businesses statewide are standing up for equality and pledging not to discriminate against anyone who wants to purchase goods

Miss. Gov. Signs 'License to Discriminate' Into Law
April 03 2014 7:07 PM ET

Miss. Gov. Signs 'License to Discriminate' Into Law

Sunnivie Brydum

Opponents warn that the new law will allow widespread discrimination against LGBT people and others by those claiming serving such people or groups violates their 'religious freedom.'

Miss. 'License to Discriminate' Bill Heads to Governor
April 02 2014 12:17 PM ET

Miss. 'License to Discriminate' Bill Heads to Governor

Sunnivie Brydum

Mississippi's own version of the Arizona "license to discriminate" bill is ready for the governor's signature. Will this governor opt for a different outcome?

Mississippi News Anchor: 'Too Much' LGBT Coverage, Take a 'Gaycation'
March 28 2014 4:29 PM ET

Mississippi News Anchor: 'Too Much' LGBT Coverage, Take a 'Gaycation'

Ran Aubrey Frazier

David Elliott of WLOX in Biloxi says LGBT folks should 'go on gaycation' and stop dominating the news cycle.

Miss. Couple Creates First Record of Same-Sex Marriage
March 25 2014 4:33 PM ET

Miss. Couple Creates First Record of Same-Sex Marriage

Trudy Ring

The couple's registration of their New York marriage license doesn't mean Mississippi will recognize their union, but it's part of a push for marriage equality in Southern states.

'License to Discriminate' Bill Advances in Mississippi
March 04 2014 10:31 PM ET

'License to Discriminate' Bill Advances in Mississippi

Trudy Ring

A committee moves the bill to consideration by the full House, and opponents say an amended version still provides ample opportunity for discrimination.

Lance Bass Speaks Out Against Miss. 'License to Discriminate' Bill
February 27 2014 4:50 PM ET

Lance Bass Speaks Out Against Miss. 'License to Discriminate' Bill

Trudy Ring

Meanwhile, a legislative subcommittee removes some saw as the bill's most problematic language.

WATCH: Miss. Teen Bullied by Classmates, Teachers; Files Suit Against School
December 17 2013 5:10 PM ET

WATCH: Miss. Teen Bullied by Classmates, Teachers

Sunnivie Brydum

The Southern Poverty Law Center has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that a Mississippi school district repeatedly ignored a student's pleas for help combating the bullying to which she was routinely subjected.

Ole Miss Athletes Harass 'Laramie Project' Cast
October 04 2013 1:40 PM ET

Ole Miss Athletes Harass Laramie Project Cast

Nicholas Cimarusti

Football players at the University of Mississippi heckled cast members during a production of The Laramie Project, prompting university officials to apologize on Thursday.

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