As Mississippi agriculture commissioner, the now-senator objected to the hosting of a commitment ceremony on state-owned property.
Hyde-Smith, who also has a history of problematic racial remarks, bested Mike Espy, who would have been the state's first black U.S. senator since Reconstruction.
As the state goes to the polls today, Thom Senzee points out the hypocrisy of the GOP's hold on rural voters.
Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith showed her true colors when she said she would attend a public lynching.
Stephens was shot to death in June, but was just now identified as a transgender woman.
It was a long journey to this weekend's jubilant event.