Allow gay couple to hold a wedding commitment ceremony on state grounds
  • Petitioned Jim Hood

This petition was delivered to:

Mississippi Attorney General
Jim Hood
Department of Agriculture and Commerce
Andy Prosser
Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum
Charlie Dixon
Mississippi Governor

Allow gay couple to hold a wedding commitment ceremony on state grounds

    1. Clay Curry
    2. Petition by

      Clay Curry

      Greenville, MS

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August 2012

Victory

Another gay (this time, two women) couple tried to rent out the museum. After being turned away, they went to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which sent a letter to the museum demanding that they allow the couple to rent out the grounds. The museum and the Department complied and the couple (as well as future couples) will be allowed to hold their wedding on Mississippi state grounds. Although technically, most of the credit goes to the SPLC, the delivering of this petition (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W13s2_oPSOs) to the museum also placed added pressure on the museum board.

When newly engaged couple, Stephen Walters and Kevin Garrard, went to the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum to reserve a space for their wedding commitment ceremony, they were turned away for being gay.

Attorney General Jim Hood had the following comments regarding this issue: "We are of the opinion that the Department (of Agriculture and Commerce) is certainly authorized to restrict the use of museum property for events and functions that are legal under state law. Therefore, (the department) is authorized to prohibit same gender marriages on museum property."

The spokesperson for Agriculture and Commerce Department, Andy Prosser said the following: "Commitment events, as far as the state goes, are a representation of a union, and state law says that a union can only be between a man and a woman."

Here is a link to the news article:  http://www.clarionledger.com/article/20120220/NEWS/202200311/Gay-ceremony-ag-museum-nixed

Jim Hood and Andy Prosser should both be ashamed of themselves for distorting the Mississippi laws in such a way to promote their outright bigotry. By denying this couple the usage of state grounds simply because the state does not recognize their union as valid, the Department of Agriculture and Commerce is hindering their civil rights as Americans. Just because the state does not acknowledge their marriage, these two men have every right to have a wedding surrounded by their family and friends. Nowhere in the Mississippi constitution does it say that same-sex couples are not allowed to hold commitment ceremonies. Whether or not this couple chooses to pursue this site as a location for their wedding ceremony, the state of Mississippi needs to address this problem immediately and educate people about the difference between a simple ceremony and a legally recognized bridal registry. Two people of the same sex celebrating their love for one another may not be legally recognized in our state (yet), but that does NOT make it illegal!!

 

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    1. SUCCESS!!!

      Clay Curry
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/agriculture-forestry-museum-repeals-anti-gay-policy

      Thanks everyone for signing! The Department has seen the error in their ways and they now know that gay citizens must be treated the same as straight citizens and must be allowed to rent out public grounds!! Ceara and Emily, two beautiful friends of mine, celebrated their love for one another at the Ag Museum on October 6, 2012!

    2. Has been delivered to Ag Museum but will be delivered to more recipients

      Clay Curry
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks everyone for signing! Please continue to share the link, as we will hopefully still be delivering the petition to other recipients, including Andy Prosser and the Attorney General. Below is the link to the video of the petition being delivered to the Ag Museum in honor of Harvey Milk Day.

    3. Reached 1,350 signatures
    4. TO BE DELIVERED MAY 22

      Clay Curry
      Petition Organizer

      Hey everyone! Please help us to obtain as many signatures as we possibly can by May 22, when we will deliver the petition!!!!

    5. Reached 1,225 signatures
    6. Join us in hand-delivering the signatures

      Clay Curry
      Petition Organizer

      Hey!

      We are now at well over 1000 signatures. Thank you so much for speaking out against this blatant bigotry!!

      On May 22, 2012, we are going to celebrate Harvey Milk Day by peacefully gathering at the Ag Museum in Jackson, MS to deliver the petition! Please join us for this event and take a stand against hatred.

      You can join the facebook event here:
      https://www.facebook.com/events/177676962354701/

      It is important to show up in numbers for this event. We need to send a message to our leaders that we know that what certain individuals among them did was wrong and that this type of behavior must be prevented in the future. Discrimination has no place in our government. Please make a stand with us as we rally peacefully against injustice and present the signatures. Once again, thanks so much for signing the petition. We look forward to seeing you on May 22!!

      Sincerely,

      Clay Curry

    7. Reached 1,000 signatures
    8. Over 200 signatures!

      Clay Curry
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks everyone for signing!
      As of this second, 215 people have signed this petition beckoning the governor and other Mississippi officials to address this issue and allow gay couples to rent out state property for wedding ceremonies. Tax paying citizens have every right to use the state grounds for a simple wedding ceremony. Regardless of what Andy Prosser and Jim Hood may want you to believe, holding a same-sex wedding ceremony is NOT illegal!

      Please spread this petition on facebook, twitter, tumblr, or wherever you can. We need to get the word out and show the officials that what they did to that young couple was NOT acceptable!!

      Sincerely,
      Clay Curry

    9. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Susan Wilson HUNTSVILLE, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      I was born and raised in Tupelo, went to college in Jackson, spent two tours with my husband at Keesler AFB. This commitment ceremony is in no way illegal. It is not a marriage, which is illegal in MS; there is no license, since none is required by the state for a commitment ceremony. A celebration with friends does not a marriage make and is not illegal in any state of the Union. I urge you to overrule the Attorney General and allow this simply celebration. Many states allow such ceremonies on state property, regardless of the legality of same-sex marriage in that state. Ohio has recently not only allowed such use, but also provided permits and waived fees for a commitment ceremony for over 200 same sex couples. This did not make same-sex marriage legal in Ohio. Neither will simple courtesy make same-sex marriage legal in MS.

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    • Jordan Dillon INDEPENDENCE, KY
      • over 2 years ago

      I am so sick of hearing of states denying rights every person deserves because they're homosexual. When the Constitution said "all men are created equal.", that INCLUDED homosexuals. I hate how people think it's a disease. They're not aliens. We're all humans. People have no right to judge. Let these two, regardless of race, age, and gender, wed in lasting bliss, without interference of narrow-minded, ignorant civilians.

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    • Justin Mitchell ANGIER, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Everyone is allowed to love whoever they want and why should it matter if two men or two women love each other and want to get married let them they are human just like anyone else so let them be who they want

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    • wendy kyler WINSTON SALEM NC, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      For my belief in all rights of men and women, gay or straight.. And I am a lesbian in North Carolina so my frustration level with simple minded politicians is very high!!

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    • caitlyn kramer CARTWRIGHT, OK
      • over 2 years ago

      People in the LGBT community shouldn't need petitions to get married they should be able to get married like straight people get too. God bless them

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