Navy says Mississippi LGBT law did not affect ceremony location

The U.S. Navy is disputing news reports that an upcoming military ceremony in Pascagoula had been moved to Portland, Oregon because of opposition to Mississippi’s new LGBT law.

News outlets in Portland were reporting that the Navy had canceled plans to christen and commission an amphibious transport dock ship, the USS Portland, at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on May 21….

…But the christening will go on as scheduled – apparently without Hales – on May 21 in Pascagoula, where the ship was built.

The commissioning ceremony – which was never scheduled to be at the same location as the christening – will take place next year in Portland. The Navy’s decision to do so had nothing to do with Mississippi’s controversial law, said Lt. Eric Durie, deputy public affairs officer with the Office of the Secretary of the Navy.

Portland was selected earlier this month after the city asked the Navy last year to host the ceremony, Durie said.

The Telegraph
4/12/16