Mississippi Governor Denounces Same-Sex Marriages

Mississippi Gov. Kirk Fordice signed a law banning same-sex marriages in the state, calling the relationships “perverse.” The law will also deny recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states and would ensure that same-sex couples be excluded from the benefits of marriage such as health insurance which Fordice said were intended for “traditional families.” The American Civil Liberties Union is considering a challenge to some of the state anti-same-sex marriage laws. Mississippi became the seventeenth state to ban same-sex marriages with Washington state poised to become the eighteenth. Fordice is still recovering from an election day accident in which his car turned over on his way home from lunch with an unidentified woman while his wife was out of town.


The Nando Net and the Associated Press - February 12, 1997

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