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Robin Roberts defends Mississippians, but not state's new law

Robin Roberts has brought her GMA crew to South Mississippi for numerous stories over the years. (Photo source: WLOX) Robin Roberts has brought her GMA crew to South Mississippi for numerous stories over the years. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

One of Mississippi's most famous former residents, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, is finally speaking out about the controversial Religious Accommodations Law signed by Gov. Phil Bryant this week. 

Roberts, who is openly gay, says she and her partner have always felt welcomed in her home state, "and it hurts my soul to think of anyone not feeling welcome."

Here's her personal statement, as released by ABC Friday afternoon: 

My father, Colonel Lawrence Roberts, was assigned to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi in 1969. During his military career we lived in many states and countries. When Dad retired from the Air Force in 1975, we chose to stay in Mississippi. We fell in love with the Magnolia State for many reasons.
 
Last year well before recent events, I was interviewed and photographed to be on the cover of Mississippi's official state tourism publication. I've often boasted about the beautiful people, delicious food and my picturesque hometown of Pass Christian. 
 
My longtime partner, Amber, and I have always felt welcomed in my home state, and it hurts my soul to think of anyone not feeling welcome.
 
It’s always been a deeply held belief of mine that everyone, everywhere should be treated equally.  I'm proud that my beloved mother and father taught me as a child growing up in Mississippi to focus on the many things we all have in common, not our few differences. And what we all deserve to have in common is the right to be treated equally.

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