On May 10 while commenting on President Obama's endorsement of same sex marriage on a social media outlet , Mississippi Representative Andy Gipson referenced Leviticus 20:13 which calls for the execution gay men in an attempt to justify his views. It is egregious enough that a representative of the people would cite an archaic punishment for some of his constituency seeking equal rights; still, Mr. Gipson went on to make claims repeatedly disproved by science by calling homosexuality an "unnatural behavior which results in disease" and a "confusing behavior which is harmful to children." Mr. Gispon also alleges that same sex marriage threatens "all aspects of social order and prosperity." These statements are not just distortions and lies, in a time when teenage suicides among LGBTQ people have reached epidemic numbers, they are dangerous and irresponsible. In a public statement released by the representative, he refused to apologize or retract this harmful rhetoric.
The Jones Walker law firm, for which Andy Gipson works as special counsel, represents several large corporations, including Chevron Phillips Energy, GE, and CenturyLink, which have instituted bold nondiscrimination policies to protect and support LGBTQ employees. We believe that these corporations would find Mr. Gipson's statements inconsistent with their values and would likely want to distance themselves from them. Please join us in petitioning the Jones Walker firm to cut their ties with Representative Gipson. His presence at Jones Walker could be viewed as misrepresentation to present and potential clients who support the full inclusion of LGBT communities.