Same-Sex Couple Plan on Applying for Mississippi Marriage Licenses

It’s happened before, and they’ve been denied because gay marriage is illegal in Mississippi. Now more gay couples plan on applying for marriage licenses Tuesday, even though an amendment to Mississippi’s constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

A news release from The Campaign for Southern Equality’s WE DO Campaign, says the move comes after “successful efforts by LGBT rights advocates, including CSE, to strip a proposed legislation (SB 2681) of language that would license discrimination against LGBT individuals”.

It’s set to happen at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Hinds County courthouse.

Amber Kirkendoll, a minister at the Safe Harbor United Church of Christ in Flowood, and her partner Jessica Kirkendoll, are one of the couples who will apply for a marriage license, said the news release.

“We’d like to know that when one of us has an emergency, there will be no questions about the other being by her side. We want to be confident that if ever one of us is unable to make decisions, no questions will arise about who else to turn to. And when asked if we are married, we pray for the day there will be no awkward hesitation, but a very firm and celebratory ‘Yes!’ to anyone who asks!,” said Kirkendoll.

NewsMS
3/24/14