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Commitment Ceremony Causing Controversy

Posted by WCBI News Director | July 26, 2012 / 11:03am | Local News
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An advocacy group says it's in discussions with state officials about lifting a ban on commitment ceremonies for gay couples at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum.
    
The Southern Poverty Law Center sent a letter to the Jackson museum July 12. It threatened to sue if officials don't allow Ceara Sturgis and her partner, Emily Key, to hold a "commitment ceremony" at the museum on Aug. 11.
   
The state-owned museum refused to allow a similar ceremony for two men in February. The state Agriculture Department, which oversees the museum, cited a 2009 state attorney general's opinion that says it can prohibit the ceremonies because gay marriage is illegal here.
   
Christine Sun, SPLC's deputy legal director, said Thursday that "settlement discussions are continuing" and the parties will meet Aug. 9.
 
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