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Gay rights supporters aim to build MS momentum

Supporters of gay rights say they hope to use recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings to build momentum for full legal protections for gay and lesbian people everywhere, including in Mississippi. Supporters of gay rights say they hope to use recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings to build momentum for full legal protections for gay and lesbian people everywhere, including in Mississippi.

Supporters of gay rights say they hope to use recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings to build momentum for full legal protections for gay and lesbian people everywhere, including in Mississippi.

Speaking at a Friday news conference at the Capitol, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin says he is confident that full legal equality, including gay marriage, will eventually come to Mississippi.

According to a new poll commissioned by the Human Rights Campaign, 64% of adults in Mississippi support legislation protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees from non-discrimination in the work place. Right now, there are no state or federal laws that protect the LGBT community from discrimination.

President of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin, says the same poll found that 58% of Mississippians under the age of 30 support marriage equality.

The Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research poll was conducted June 26 to July 9 in Mississippi by a bipartisan team of pollsters for the Human Rights Campaign.

"I really celebrate what's happening in Mississippi because I think that we are a part of the United States of America and so if something happens in the Supreme Court that provides justice across the country we feel it here in Mississippi," said gay rights activist Todd Allen. "For the past 13 years I've been open and authentic about who I am as a gay man in Mississippi and I am not alone. This is a very encouraging day for Mississippi."

The Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research poll also determined, 70% of Mississippians support legislation that would protect LGBT youth from bullying and harassment in school.

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