By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi’s only abortion clinic will likely remain open at least until the fall, because the U.S. Supreme Court is taking no action until then on a dispute over a state law that could close it. The justices’ silence Tuesday on an appeal by the state means a […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Casey Wilson, 24, and John Stevens, 26, were issued a same-sex marriage license Monday afternoon, just hours after Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood gave the green light. “We weren’t trying to be the first couple, it just worked out that way,” said Wilson. “I was watching Facebook and […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Protesters are calling on Mississippi to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, saying it’s a divisive symbol that fails to represent a state where more than one-third of residents are African-American. Jackson attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba said the flag embodies hatred and represents “a […]

Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn, left, issues a marriage license to Tiffany Brosh, second from right, and Laurin Locke at the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson on Monday. The couple were the first same-sex couple to be legally married in Hinds County. (C. Todd Sherman/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – In the basement of the Hinds County Courthouse, in a corner underneath peeling paint and next to a United Way poster, Michael Dorado and Aaron Polk were getting married Monday. First came the “I dos” officiated by Bear Atwood, a lawyer for Mississippi’s chapter of the American Civil […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Voters will glean little information from the language on the ballot when they go to the polls in November to decide whether to approve one of two competing measures to amend the Constitution to enhance the state’s commitment to the funding of kindergarten through 12th grade […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – The racially sensitive topic of the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag was clearly was not on Republican Gov. Phil Bryant’s agenda entering this election year. Debate is unavoidable now, because the massacre of nine worshippers at a black church in South Carolina has prompted people […]

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – Supporters of marriage equality gathered in celebration on the Lee County Justice Center steps Friday morning shortly after Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban was overturned by the Supreme Court of the United States. But inside, Lee County Circuit Clerk Joyce Loftin said she would wait for instructions from the […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – State leaders are scrambling to determine how to respond to Friday’s historic ruling by the United States Supreme Court saying same-sex marriages must be recognized and performed nationwide. The office of Mississippi Attorney Jim Hood issued a statement saying the ruling is “the law of the […]

The crowd reacts after the ruling on same-sex marriage is announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington on Friday. The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

By Mark Sherman Associated Press WASHINGTON – Gay and lesbian Americans have the same right to marry as any other couples, the Supreme Court declared Friday in a historic ruling deciding one of the nation’s most contentious and emotional legal questions. Celebrations and joyful weddings quickly followed in states where they had been forbidden. The […]