Same Sex Couples Apply for Marriage Licenses in Tupelo

Same Sex Couples Apply for Marriage Licenses in Tupelo

A group of same sex couples is making its way across Mississippi to take a stand for equality as part of the "We Do" campaign.
TUPELO, MS (localmemphis.com) - A group of same sex couples is making its way across Mississippi to take a stand for equality as part of the "We Do" campaign.

Within the past week, same sex couples have applied for marriage license in their hometowns of Hattiesburg, Gulfport, and Poplarville.

Thursday it was Tupelo's turn. Two same sex couples living in the area applied for a marriage license from the city's Justice Center, knowing that they would be denied.

One applicant, Robert Dashti, had said after being denied, "I didn't expect to feel this emotional. I feel a lot right now."

The point was to create the first known public record of LGBT couples attempting to marry in Mississippi, a traditionally conservative state.

"We knew the outcome. We just wanted to get it on record make sure that the younger kids in town that are going through this right now, maybe not able to speak up, just to know that there is someone standing up for them," said Micahel Smith, who was also denied a license.

Only a few miles away is the headquarters for the American Family Association, a Christian organization, that's played a significant role in the equal rights debate.

Local 24 News was unable to reach the AFA for comment, but one Tupelo native made it very clear what he thinks of the "We Do" campaign. "They should be denied. It's not right," he said.

According to officials with the "We Do" campaign, 26 percent of same sex couples in Mississippi are raising children.

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