Jones Walker should terminate Andy Gipson
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Jones Walker should terminate Andy Gipson

    1. Al Harrist, DVM
    2. Petition by

      Al Harrist, DVM

      Biloxi, MS

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.  

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    • Josh Vincent FILLMORE, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Advocating any kind of harm and or discrimination against the glbt community is unacceptable

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    • Nicole Cardi LOS ANGELES, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am a proponent of civil rights and believe that the LGBT community deserves the same rights and freedoms as every other American. Furthermore, I feel strongly that the US should maintain a separation of church and state.

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    • mark lafontaine BILOXI, MS
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a professional.. and a gay christian man and proud to be born and raised in Mississippi... and sad to see that this man is speaking his own opinion and not for the benefit of your fellow man....

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    • Albert Sperath OXFORD, MS
      • about 2 years ago

      Thou shalt not kill is the Christian principle that supersedes Leviticus.

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    • john owen AMORY, MS
      • about 2 years ago

      All people are entitled to their personal opinions and must be afforded the opportunity to conduct their private lives in a manner that they chose as long as it is with-in the laws of the land.

      Mr. Gispon is now in a position of authority and it seem that he chooses to force his opinions and standards upon everyone that does not share his. He would by law and force deny others the very privilege that he enjoys. This is exceedingly dangerous and does not represent the views of the majority of Mississippians, the majority of Americans, or any people of all creeds that labor to follow the pure gospel of Jesus: love your neighbor as your self.

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