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Sticker Protest of Mississippi's Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Law Planned for Ole Miss Graduation

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A protest of Mississippi's anti-gay 'religious freedom' law is planned for this weekend at Ole Miss, the AP reports:

CozartOne protest is expected Saturday when the governor speaks at the University of Mississippi's graduation in Oxford. Organizer Kevin Cozart (pictured) said he has distributed more than 350 lapel stickers with a rainbow-striped map of Mississippi and a quote from the university creed: "I believe in respect for the dignity of each person."

Cozart is a graduate student and former adviser to UM Pride Network, a group that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. He said students, faculty members and some administrators have requested stickers to express low-key opposition to the law.

"People that I didn't expect to get involved are asking for stickers," Cozart said.

Bryant spokeswoman Nicole Webb said she does not expect the protest to be disruptive.

(sticker image via instagram)


Prominent Chefs to Host Big Gay Mississippi Welcome Table in NYC to Protest Anti-gay Law

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Next month, a group of prominent chefs will put together a dinner called the Big Gay Mississippi Welcome Table in New York City to protest Mississippi’s new law allowing businesses in the state to turn away LGBT people as an “exercise of religion.”

Eater reports:

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 11.56.02 AMThe dinner will take place on June 13, on the eve of the 35th Annual Mississippi Picnic in Central Park. Chef Art Smith (above) tells the NYT, "It's polite Southern activism with food, which is a magic way to bring people together." The chefs have paired up with Manhattan's City Grit, and according to its website, the dinner will feature a "unique menu of traditional – yet progressive, modern and open-minded – southern fare."

Proceeds of the dinner will go to gay and lesbian groups on college campuses in Mississippi.

Mississippi governor Phil Bryant, who signed the anti-gay law last month, has been invited to the dinner but has not agreed to attend. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE

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MS Meteorologist Orders Crew to Take Cover from Tornado Before Running Off-Camera Himself: VIDEO

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WTVA in Mississippi was evacuated while on the air this week after meteorologist Matt Laubhan decided it was too dangerous and ordered crew to take cover from a damaging tornado bearing down on the studio.

"Basement. Now!" orders Laubhan before running off-camera.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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AFA Leader Says Mississippi Businesses Displaying Gay-Friendly 'Don't Discriminate' Stickers are Bullying Christians

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Several weeks ago we reported on 'If You're Buying, We're Selling'. a sticker campaign launched by a Mississippi group in response to the passage of the anti-gay 'religious freedom' bill allowing businesses to discriminate against gay people on the basis of religious beliefs.

The campaign allows businesses that don't discriminate to declare it by placing a sticker in their windows.

Buddy_smithBut have a good laugh at the nonsense that Buddy Smith, the executive vp of the American Family Association is spewing over it:

"It's not really a buying campaign, but it's a bully campaign," he says, "and it's being carried out by radical homosexual activists who intend to trample the freedom of Christians to live according to the dictates of scripture.

"They don't want to hear that homosexuality is sinful behavior – and they wish to silence Christians and the church who dare to believe this truth."

Smith offers a word of caution for those who do business with facilities posting the decal supporting homosexual activism. "If you do that, you are agreeing with these businesses that Christians no longer have the freedom to live out the dictates of their Christian faith and conscience," he tells OneNewsNow.


Here Are All The Anti-Gay Haters Who Attended The Signing of Mississippi's 'License To Discriminate' Bill

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We already identified one of the anti-gay leaders who attended the recent signing of Mississippi’s “license to discriminate bill.” But Nick Nicholas identified everyone else who attended the signing — most of them had a direct hand in its creation and eventual passage.

So to continue Nick's good work, we’ve dug up anti-gay dirt on each of the men pictured above and put it in a handy list just for you!

- Jameson Taylor: a supervisor of policy research at the “pro-family” (ie. anti-gay) Mississippi Center for Public Policy who haspersonally written about how “the homosexual lifestyle” will erode “free exercise of religion.”

- Joey Hood: a Mississippi state representative who voted for the anti-gay bill.

- Reverend David Tipton Jr.: the superintendent of the Mississippi District of the United Pentecostal Church who signed a letter to the state governor saying that opponents of the bill were “out-of-state, anti-religious special interest groups.” Y’know, like the ACLU.

Keep reading AFTER THE JUMP…

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Gay College Student Talks About Being Out in a Mississippi Fraternity: VIDEO

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Douglas Kennedy of Millsaps College in Jackson, MS was interviewed by Christian Hendricks for a video project called "South of the Ohio" about his experience of being an out gay man in a fraternity. Being a liberal arts college, Kennedy didn't experience any particular harassment or discrimination, but subtle anti-gay attitudes, such as the pervasive use of "faggot" as a generic insult, tainted a lot of spoken and email conversations between fraternity brothers.

Matters escalated when a friend of Kennedy's sat in on an open meeting of the fraternity and wrote about some of the attitudes she saw there for a long-form article for class that was eventually published in the school newspaper. The fraternity itself was especially irate at how the expose would make them look bad.

You can watch the interview with Kennedy AFTER THE JUMP...

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