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CNN and FOX News Completely Ignored Mississippi's New Anti-Gay Segregation Law: VIDEO

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Late last week, Melissa Harris-Perry dedicated her letter of the week to Governor Phil Bryant for signing the anti-gay 'religious freedom' bill.

Said Harris-Perry in her video message:

It’s not like the people of Mississippi are under the thumb of onerous state laws that protect LGBT people. Same-sex marriage is banned in Mississippi by constitutional amendment. You can’t even have a wedding for a vendor to refuse to work!

And you can already be discriminated against for your sexual orientation in Mississippi. You can be fired or not hired just for being gay. You can be denied housing. So, governor, what you did was make it even easier than it already was to discriminate against LGBT Mississippians. To deny them services available to everyone else. Basically, you gave bigots yet another avenue to dehumanize their LGBT neighbors.

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Mscoverage1In related news, Equality Matters reports that CNN and FOX News completely ignored Mississippi's new anti-gay segregation law:

CNN and Fox's failure to cover the Mississippi law is the latest reminder of the media's short attention span. Mere weeks after key Fox personalities condemned the Arizona bill, many of those same personalities went right back to defending anti-gay discrimination this week, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reconsider a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling that a photographer had violated the state's non-discrimination law by refusing to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony.

CNN, meanwhile, continues its hours upon hours of obsessive speculation over the missing Malaysian jetliner.

As Mississippi wages war on LGBT citizens' basic rights, two of the nation's leading news outlets apparently have nothing better to offer than silence.

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Melissa Harris-Perry Apologizes to Mitt Romney for Mocking 'Diverse' Family; Romney Accepts — VIDEO

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On Sunday, Mitt Romney accepted a tearful apology from , MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry for a New Year's segment that ran on her show in which panelists mocked a family photo in which Romney's adopted black infant grandson Kieran Romney appeared amid a sea of white faces.

RomneyfamilyIn the segment, actress Pia Glenn sang "One of these things is not like the other … and that little baby, front and center, would be the one," as panelists laughed.

Said Harris-Perry in her apology: "Whatever the intent was, the reality is that the segment proceeded in a way that was offensive, and showing the photo in that context, that segment, was poor judgment," she said. "So without reservation or qualification, I apologize to the Romney family....Also, allow me to apologize to other families formed through transracial adoption because I am deeply sorry that we suggested that interracial families are in any way funny or deserving of ridicule."

Said Romney in an appearance on FOX News Sunday this morning: "I recognize that people make mistakes, and the folks at MSNBC made a big mistake. They’ve apologized for it. That’s all can you ask for. I am going to mover on from that. I am sure they want to move on from it. Look, I’ve made plenty of mistakes myself. They’ve apologized for this. You know, I think we can go on from there.”

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Melissa Harris-Perry Panel Mostly Thinks It Was Wrong for 'GetEQUAL' to Heckle Michelle Obama: VIDEO

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Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel took a look at the heckling of Michelle Obama last week by GetEQUAL activist Ellen Sturtz. The panelists, Anthea Butler, Maria Teresa Kumar, Edwina Rogers, and Ezra Klein mostly thought it was the wrong place and the wrong time to do so.

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Ellen Sturtz, the activist who heckled FLOTUS, explained herself in a WaPo opinion piece on Saturday.

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Martina Navratilova Tells Melissa Harris-Perry Why Jason Collins is So Important: VIDEO

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Martina Navratilova appeared on Melissa Harris Perry's show on Sunday to talk about Jason Collins, his coming out, and why it's so important for athletes to continue doing so:

“In this day and age, a third of teenage suicides are due to their sexual orientations,” Navratilova said. “They’re so terrified of coming out as gay that they take their own life.”

Navratilova mentioned that she came out as AIDS was coming to light, and noted President Reagan’s failure to adequately acknowledge the problem was a part of the culture at the time.

“Being gay was the lowest of the low that you could get, and that’s why people stayed in the closet, because you could get so shamed, you were so ashamed of who you were—not because of who you thought you were, but because of what everybody else thought—that people just didn’t speak up.”

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R.I. Governor Lincoln Chafee on His State and the Federal March to Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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Shortly after signing Rhode Island's marriage equality bill into law, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to discuss his state's vote and the federal march toward marriage equality. Melissa Harris-Perry was filling in for Rachel.

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Melissa Harris-Perry, Thomas Roberts Discuss Gay Families: VIDEO

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On Saturday's edition of Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show, the host invited a panel, including colleague and openly gay journalist Thomas Roberts, to discuss the changing definition of family here in 21st century America.

In addition to chatting about the politics of adoption, income disparities among racial, sexual and gendered demographics and conservative attacks on the new normal, the group also spent a fair amount of time discussing same-sex marriage. Roberts, who recently married husband Patrick Abner, had plenty of insight on that particular topic.

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