A Mississippi event hall has come under fire after an employee cited “our Christian race” and “our Christian belief” as reasons why it refused to allow a wedding for an interracial couple.
LaKambria Welch told Deep South Voice magazine on Sunday that she drove to Boone’s Camp Event Hall in Booneville after the venue told her brother via Facebook that he wouldn’t be allowed to hold his upcoming nuptials there “because of [the company’s] beliefs.”
Welch said she wanted to hear firsthand why her brother — who is black and is engaged to a white woman — had been rebuffed by the venue. Welch said she was horrified when a company employee explained.
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A Mississippi wedding venue that refused to host an interracial couple on their big day — reportedly citing " Christian belief " — has seemingly backtracked "First of all, we don't do gay weddings or mixed race because of our Christian race — I mean, our Christian belief ," the woman is heard saying.
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In a video filmed by Welch and posted on Facebook, a woman identified as someone who worked at the event hall said the venue did not allow LGBTQ or interracial couples to host weddings there.
“First of all, we don’t do gay weddings or mixed race, because of our Christian race — I mean, our Christian belief,” the woman is heard telling Welch in the clip.
“Okay, we’re Christians as well,” Welch responds. “So what in the Bible tells you that ...”
© Getty 'We don't do gay weddings or mixed race' (file photo) The woman interrupts: “Well, I don’t want to argue my faith. We just don’t participate. We choose not to.”
The video quickly went viral. Amid the ensuing backlash, Boone’s Camp Event Hall deleted its Facebook page before reinstating it on Sunday, Newsweek reported.
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Popular by her stage name Superwoman, the Indian-origin Canadian artiste posted a tweet in February 2019, revealing that she is bisexual. She wrote, "Throughout my life these have proven to be obstacles from time to time. But now I’m fully embracing them as my superpowers." The twitterati came out in support, liking and sharing her tweet in thousands. She responded with another tweet, saying, "Thank you so much for the love and positivity. Words can’t describe how much it means. I appreciate you all. Group hug ❤️❤️❤️❤️????"
Jolie, who dated actress-model Jenny Shimizu in the 90s, spoke about her bisexuality in a 2001 interview to Movieline and said, “When I was 20, I fell in love with somebody who happened to be a woman. I didn’t flirt around with girls; I just suddenly noticed this woman’s sweater and the way her pants fit and realized, my God! I was noticing things in a sexual way. I wanted to be close to her because I had feelings for her. The reality is, I love people.”
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A Mississippi wedding venue is facing backlash after a video of one of its employees refusing to host an interracial ceremony went viral last weekend. The footage shows Welch discussing the cancellation with an employee, who explains that, in addition to interracial weddings , the venue also
The Mississippi legislature passed a law in 2016 that allows businesses to refuse service to members of the LGBTQ+ community on the basis of religious The law does not mention refusing service on the basis of race. Interracial marriage became legal nationwide in 1967 in the Supreme Court case
While talking about the inspiration behind her single, "Girls," the popstar tweeted, "Girls was written to represent my truth and is an accurate account of a very real and honest experience in my life... I have had romantic relationship with women and men throughout my life and this is my personal journey."
Heard, ex-wife of actor Johnny Depp, revealed she was bisexual in a 2010 interview, reported by People. The actress said she has “never hidden” her sexuality, however, her disclosure impacted her career. “It was difficult. I was the only one working in this way, so it was difficult because no one had done it. I did that even though everyone told me it would end my career, without a doubt.”
In May 2012, a New York Times article confirmed Parsons was gay and in a long-term relationship. “The Big Bang Theory” actor spoke about his personal life when accepting GLSEN Respect Awards' the Inspiration Award the following year. He said, “I’ve never considered my relationship with Todd [Spiewak] to be an act of activism. Rather simply, it’s an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs [out]—a regular life, boring love.”
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Fox opened up about being bisexual in a 2009 interview to Esquire magazine and stated, “I think people are born bisexual and then make subconscious choices based on the pressures of society. I have no question in my mind about being bisexual.”
In 2007, the “Silence of the Lambs” actress appeared to confirm her same-sex relationship when she thanked then partner Cydney Bernard.
A more formal declaration was made in 2013, when she received the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes. She said, “So while I’m here being all confessional, I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public… I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met.”
The award-winning English actor revealed he was gay during a program on BBC Radio 3; the show was discussing a (then) controversial section of the Local Government Bill 1988. The legislation prevented local authorities from “intentionally promoting homosexuality or publishing material with the intention of promoting homosexuality.”
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Ten years later, during an interview about the Stonewall Riots in New York, U.S., in 1969, McKellen said, “I have many regrets about not having come out earlier, but one of them might be that I didn’t engage myself in the politicking.”
The Panic! at the Disco vocalist came out as pansexual in an interview with the Paper magazine. He said, “I’m married to a woman and I’m very much in love with her, but I’m not opposed to a man because to me, I like a person. Yeah, I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don’t care... If a person is great, then a person is great. I just like good people, if your heart’s in the right place. I’m definitely attracted to men. It’s just people that I am attracted to.”
The “Twilight” star has repeatedly spoken about her sexuality post her break-up with co-star Robert Pattinson. After coming out during a “Saturday Night Live” episode in February 2017, Stewart told the Guardian in a March interview that she doesn’t understand why bisexuals are labelled as “confused.” “It’s not confusing at all. For me, it’s quite the opposite,” she said. “I’m just trying to acknowledge that fluidity, that greyness, which has always existed. But maybe only now are we allowed to start talking about it.”
In a 2013 interview to Seventeen magazine, the pop star spoke about her sexual orientation and said that she is attracted to both men and women. “I don’t love just men. I love people. It’s not about a gender. It’s just about the spirit that exudes from that other person you’re with,” she said.
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The Latin pop singer posted about his orientation on his official website in March 2010. He stated, “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am. These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within, and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed.”
In 2010, the “True Blood” star announced her bisexuality in a PSA video promoting the Give a Damn campaign, saying, “I’m Anna Paquin. I’m bisexual and I give a d***.”
The Oscar and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter came out in 2014, when he released his debut album, “In the Lonely Hour.” At the time, he said the album was “… about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn’t love back… It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know – I want to be clear that that’s what it’s about… People wouldn’t ask a straight person these questions.”
In an April 2018 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, the actor-singer admitted she initially identified herself as a bisexual, but later with pansexuality. She said, “...later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am.”
Thorne, who played CeCe Jones in the Disney sitcom “Shake It Up,” confirmed her bisexuality on Twitter in 2016. She posted an intimate photo of herself with another woman, to which a fan asked: “Are you bisexual?” Thorne’s reply: “Yes.”
Barrymore admitted she was bisexual in a 2003 interview with Contact Music, saying, “I love a woman’s body. I think a woman, and a woman together are beautiful, just as a man and a woman together are beautiful. Being with a woman is like exploring your own body, but through someone else.”
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The “Juno” and “Inception” star came out on Valentine’s Day in 2014, at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference. Speaking at the event, she said, “I’m here today because I am gay, and because maybe I can make a difference, to help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.”
Page added, “I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered, and my relationships suffered. And I'm standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain.”
The popular daytime talk show host and comedian announced her sexuality in style, by featuring on the cover of Time magazine’s April 1997 issue with the headline “Yep, I’m Gay.” Speaking about the cover later, she said, “I never wanted to be ‘the lesbian actress.’ I never wanted to be the spokesperson for the gay community. Ever. I did it for my own truth.”
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The “Ally McBeal” and “Arrested Development” star acknowledged her sexual orientation in 2005, in interviews with Details and The Advocate magazines.
A more public acknowledgement came in 2013, when she accompanied partner Ellen DeGeneres to the Golden Globes red carpet, of which she said, “Ellen [DeGeneres] and I had been together for a month, and I was very, very nervous going to that [Golden Globe Awards] because I knew that I was going to meet up with her after the show and that there was press. That was the first time that we actually stepped out together as a couple, but for me, it was the first time that I’d stepped out as a gay woman, really.”
Best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes in the “Sex and the City” franchise, Nixon disclosed her sexuality in 2012, calling her orientation “a choice.” Speaking to The New York Times later that year, she said, “While I don’t often use the word, the technically precise term for my orientation is bisexual. I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact. What I have 'chosen' is to be in a gay relationship.”
In a 2014 interview with Diane Sawyer (and the last one given as the gender transition), the former Olympic gold medalist said she wanted to be recognized as a woman. The following year, she was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, with the headline “Call me Caitlyn.” She then tweeted, “I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my own true self. Welcome to the world Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.”
The Australian actress, model and musician was 12 years old when she came out to her mother. In an interview with Willie Geist on Sunday TODAY in February 2017, she admitted she was unsure of how to describe her feelings. She said, “I was just worried because I didn’t know it was a thing. I knew how I felt, I knew what I kind of identified as, but the words gay or lesbian, I didn’t know anyone else that was gay or lesbian, so I didn’t really know how to word it. I was just like, ‘I think I should let you know that when I eventually get a boyfriend, it will be a girl.’”
Although John said he was bisexual in a 1976 interview with Rolling Stone, he did not confirm he was gay till another interview with the same magazine in 1988. At that time, he said, “[Coming out] gave me the freedom to be who I was for the rest of my life. I don’t have to hide around corners. The worse thing is to be afraid of who you are - it’s horrible.”
Lana and Lilly Wachowski
Known for cult sci-fi hits such as “The Matrix” series and “Cloud Atlas,” Lana (L) and Lilly both came out as transgender in 2008 and 2016, respectively. Lana informed her family while shooting the second and third installments of “The Matrix.” Lilly did so in a statement to Windy City News, after being approached by a Daily Mail reporter. To the latter, she said, “Yeah, I’m transgender. And yeah, I’ve transitioned.”
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The “Westworld” star revealed her bisexuality in a 2011 interview with Esquire magazine. In 2017, speaking at a Human Rights campaign gala, she said, “A light bulb went off [when she first heard the word "bisexual"). The word didn’t make me feel marginalized. It made me feel less crazy. It made me feel less alone. It gave me hope.”
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The Green Day frontman spoke openly about his sexuality in a 1995 interview with The Advocate and said, “I think I have always been bisexual. I think people are born bisexual, and it’s just that our parents and society kind of veer us off into this feeling of, ‘Oh, I can’t.’ They say it’s taboo. It’s ingrained in our heads that it’s bad when it’s not bad at all. It’s a very beautiful thing.”
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The “How I Met Your Mother” actor came out in November 2006. In an exclusive interview to People magazine, he said, “I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest and feel most fortunate to be working with wonderful people in the business I love.”
Purser, known for her role as Barbara Holland in “Stranger Things,” came out as bisexual on Twitter in April 2017. Her post read, “I don’t normally do this, but I figure now is as good a time as any to get personal. I’ve only just recently come out as bisexual to my friends and family. It’s something I am still processing and trying to understand, and I don’t like talking about it too much.”
The pop star revealed he was gay in April 2017 to People magazine. He stated, “I’m so private. I always have been. I thought I would be disappointing them [his fans] if they knew I was gay. So I never did anything.”
Born Andrej Pejić, the Bosnian-born Australian model went through sex reassignment surgery to transition from man to woman. In a 2014 Vogue interview, she (now Andreja) said, “I figured out who I was very early on — actually, at the age of 13, with the help of the Internet — so I knew that a transition, becoming a woman, was always something I needed to do.” Three years later, she became the first openly transgender model to be signed to the internationally renowned agency Ford Models.
The “Orange Is the New Black” star has a lot of “firsts” to her name. In 2014, she was the first transgender person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy. Later that year, she also became the first openly transgender person on the cover of Time magazine. In the accompanying interview, she said, “My third-grade teacher called my mom and said, ‘Your son is going to end up in New Orleans wearing a dress.’ Up until that point I just thought that I was a girl and that there was no difference between girls and boys. I think in my imagination I thought that I would hit puberty and I would start turning into a girl.”
The “Prison Break” actor came out in August 2013, when he posted a letter on Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s (GLAAD) website declining an invitation to attend the Saint Petersburg International Film Festival. He wrote, “As a gay man, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”
The comedian, actress and TV personality acknowledged being gay in February 2002, during a benefit for Ovarian Cancer Research. She stated, “I don’t know why people make such a big deal about the gay thing... People are confused, they’re shocked like this is a big revelation to somebody.”
The child of singers Sonny and Cher, Bono opted for a female-to-male sex reassignment surgery in 2008. In 2011, he wrote about his experiences in a New York Times Best Seller “Transition: Becoming Who I Was Always Meant to Be.” Five years later, he said, “I didn’t live my life as a girl. I lived my life as a male inside a female body for a long time.”
The “Star Trek” actor came out as a gay man in an interview with New York magazine in October 2011. He said, “…living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.”
The “Teen Wolf” actor appeared to come out after a January 2016 post on Tumblr sparked speculation. A fan commented on Haynes’ racy modeling pictures as a “secret gay past,” to which Haynes replied – “Was it a secret?”
A little surprised by all the attention, Haynes made a more formal declaration in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in May that year. He said, “It was a complete shock. I wasn’t ready to be back in the headlines. I should have made a comment or a statement, but I just wasn’t ready. I didn’t feel like I owed anyone anything. I think in due time, everyone has to make those decisions when they’re ready, and I wasn’t yet. But I felt like I was letting people down by not coming forward with the rest of what I should have said.”
Woodley, who gained recognition for her role in the TV series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” told The Hollywood Reporter in 2014 “I fall in love with human beings based on who they are. Not based on what they do or what sex they are.”
In 2010, Hayes, who is known for playing Jack McFarland (also gay) in hit sitcom “Will & Grace,” spoke to The Advocate about his sexuality. The actor said, “I never have had a problem saying who I am. I am who I am.”
In August 2017, the American singer revealed he was bisexual via a post on Twitter, which read, “This doesn’t bring me shame, just a weight and burden I have held on to for a long time that I would like lifted off me.”
Ramirez disclosed she was bisexual in a speech at the True Colors Fund’s 40 to None Summit in Los Angeles, California, U.S., in 2016. “Because of the intersections that exist in my own life: woman, multi-racial woman, woman of color, queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish American, immigrant… I am deeply invested in projects that allow our youth’s voices to be heard, and that support our youth in owning their own complex narratives...”
“The Good Wife” star identifies himself as bisexual and, in an interview, said, “I’m sexually attracted to the female form even though I am with a man and I just feel that bisexuals have a bad rap.”
Stenberg, known for her role in “The Hunger Games,” revealed she was bisexual in a 2016 Snapchat appearance for Teen Vogue. “It’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and mold yourself into shapes you just shouldn’t be in. As someone who identifies as a black, bisexual woman I’ve been through it, and it hurts, and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable,” she said.
Plaza came out as bisexual in a 2016 interview to The Advocate and said, “I know I have an androgynous thing going on, and there’s something masculine about my energy. Girls are into me—that’s no secret. Hey, I’m into them too. I fall in love with girls and guys.”
The American record producer acknowledged his bisexuality in his memoir “The Soundtrack of My Life.” Davis, who has been married and divorced twice, came out on the Katie Couric show “Katie” in 2013. “I’m still attracted to women. You don’t have to be only one thing or another. For me it’s the person. I’m in a monogamous relationship, [and] I respect monogamy. And I hope that this is understood.”
The “Matilda” actress disclosed her bisexuality in a series of tweets in 2016. Her revelation came after the tragic massacre at a gay club in Orlando. In an interview to a civil rights organization, the actress said, “One of the reasons I didn’t come out for a very long time was because I grew up hearing that bisexual girls were ‘crazy.’ I heard that all the time. I heard that bisexual girls were ‘crazy,’ they were greedy, they were selfish and they caused drama. They were the worst. They wanted attention.”
The “Glee” alum chose an Ariana Grande song to express his sexuality in April 2018. “#NoTearsLeftToCry is gayer than me and I ACCEPT. Ty @ArianaGrande,” tweeted.
The “13 Reasons Why” actor, who was in a relationship with English singer-songwriter Sam Smith, came out in an emotional Instagram post on Sept. 17, 2017.
He said: “Just saw the 'vote no' message in the sky, looming over Sydney. Thank you for raising money and hiring on a plane to write your lack of support amongst the clouds. I hope your hate and lack of understanding fades, just like those words will. Too many of my friends have been kicked out of their homes, kept in the closet, beat up, killed, ridiculed by church and state, institutionalized... and you are scared that if we vote YES, you won’t be able to show your hate for Us. F*** that. We’ve been scared s***less our whole lives thanks to all the stigmas that surround Us, stigmas that were set in place by the same kind of people who flew that plane over Sydney. We’ve fought, we’ve come out bravely even in our fear, and you wrote a message in the sky because you’re scared. Equality takes courage, it worries me that too many people in this world lack the balls to stand up for what is right. #f***hate.”
In 2012, the “White Collar” actor publicly thanked his partner Simon Halls and their three children while accepting the Steve Chase Humanitarian Award. Bomer stated, “I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.”
The Queen + Adam Lambert front man confirmed he was gay in an interview with Rolling Stone in June 2009. He said, “I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear I’m gay… I’m proud of my sexuality.”
The “Good Morning America” co-host acknowledged her sexual orientation in a Facebook post in December 2013. She wrote, “At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude. I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health... I am grateful for my entire family, my long-time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together.”
The singer-songwriter chose the Triangle Ball in January 1993 to announce her sexuality. She said, “I think one of the many fears people have about homosexuality is around the children. I think that the more gay parents raise good, strong, compassionate people, the better the world will be.”
The Canadian actor first spoke about his orientation in 2012, during an interview with Canadian magazine FYI. When asked about his proudest achievement, he replied, “My relationships with my family and my friends. My companion Rainer Andreesen and I have been together almost 13 years in Greenwich Village. We both love New York.” He further confirmed it in 2013, stating, “I don’t really talk about it but everybody knows.”
The “Star Trek” actor came out in October 2005 during an interview with Frontiers magazine. He revealed, “It’s not really coming out, which suggests opening a door and stepping through. It’s more like a long, long walk through what began as a narrow corridor that starts to widen.”
The NSYNC singer came out in July 2006, in a cover story for People magazine. Bass stated, “The thing is, I’m not ashamed — that’s the one thing I want to say. I don’t think it’s wrong, I’m not devastated going through this. I’m more liberated and happy than I’ve been my whole life. I’m just happy.”
The writer, actress and comedian came out during a same-sex marriage rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., in November 2008. She said, “I don’t really talk about my sexual orientation. I didn’t feel like I had to. I was just living my life, not necessarily in the closet, but I was living my life. Everybody that knows me personally, they know I’m gay. But that’s the way people should be able to live their lives… I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay.”
In July 2017, the “Heroes” actor revealed he was gay and married actor Jesse Haddock in April. He wrote on Twitter: “My sexual orientation once again came into question this week when a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to “out” me. While he did not mention me by name, the explicit details of his reference made it easy for the public and media to connect the dots. While it is an odd situation, I thank him because it presents a prime opportunity for me to publicly say that I am indeed a man who proudly loves other men. In fact, this April, I married my husband and I could not be happier.”
The Canadian pop and country singer announced she was a gay person in The Advocate in June 1992. She stated, “I grew up feeling like there was no one else, no one that I could relate to. If my coming out of the closet makes [my fans] rethink their ideas about gay people, then I’ve done something good.”
The “Roseanne” actress confirmed she was a lesbian in July 2010, before the launch of her show “The Talk.” She stated, “I don’t think it will be a problem. I don’t ever really think of things as ‘out ‘or ‘in.’ I just think I am who I am, and when topics come up that are appropriate, I’ll talk about them and share when it seems right.”
Wright, one of the first country music artists to come out as gay, acknowledged her orientation in May 2010 to People magazine. She remarked, “Nothing in my life has been more magical than the moment I decided to come out.”
The New Kids on the Block member posted on the band’s website in January 2011: “I have lived my life very openly and have never hidden the fact that I am gay.” Prior to his confirming his sexual orientation, he was outed by pop singer Tiffany, who briefly dated him.
The “Family Ties” actress came out during an interview with Matt Lauer on the “Today” show in 2009. She disclosed, “I am a lesbian and it was a later-in-life recognition. Some people would say, ‘Well, you’re living a lie,’ and, you know, the truth is — not at all. This has only been for the past seven years.”
The country singer came out in November 2014 during an interview with People magazine. He stated, “…I realized I had an incredible story that could possibly help someone’s son or daughter or grandchild’s life not be as difficult as mine has been. Maybe they wouldn’t have to go through as much pain and suffering.”
Smollett, who is known for playing Jamal Lyon in the musical drama series “Empire,” came out during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015. He said, “There’s never been a closet... that I’ve been in. I don’t own a closet, I got a dresser, but I don’t have a closet, but I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home… when I say that I don’t talk about my personal life, I’m saying that. But it is in no way to hide or deny who God made me.”
Nairn, who played Hodor in the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” revealed in an interview on a fan site in March 2014, “When you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about MY community... I AM aware of it yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that.” He also added that his sexuality is “a very small part of who I am on the whole, but nonetheless, in this day and age, it’s important to stand up and be counted.”
The actor, who played a closeted gay man in the crime drama series “The Playboy Club,” came out in real life during an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2011. He said, “I was nervous coming here today because I’ve just never talked about it. But, it’s so liberating. It was interesting to be coming to have a conversation that I was always afraid to have. This is my coming out ball. I’ve been dying to do this.”
The owner of the venue then posted an apology on Facebook, explaining they had met with their pastor and discovered no Bible passage forbidding interracial marriage.
“The revelation was apparently quite surprising for the author, who referenced being taught that races should remain separate while growing up,” Newsweek wrote, paraphrasing the Facebook apology.
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The city of Booneville issued a statement on Monday saying it does “not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.”
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Key moments in LGBT history
Carlos McKnight of Washington waves a flag in support of gay marriage outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday June 26, 2015.
1785: Jeremy Bentham essay
Jeremy Bentham was an English philosopher, jurist, and economist, and social reformer and was an early advocated for the decriminalization of homosexual acts. In 1785, he wrote an essay advocating for homosexual rights titled "Offences Against One's Self." It was finally published in 1931 and remains a defining work in the gay rights movement.
1895: Oscar Wilde trial
Author, playwright, and poet Oscar Wilde was prosecuted in 1895 for "gross indecency" and sentenced to two years hard labor. The trial of a very public Victorian-era person and his candidness during the trial brought the issue of homosexuality to the forefront of society.
1910: Emma Goldman speaks out
Emma Goldman, a Lithuanian-born anarcho-communist known for her feminist anarchist writings and speeches, first started speaking about homosexual rights in 1910. She was one of the first Americans to stand up for gay rights.
1919: Magnus Hirschfeld research
In 1919, German doctor Magnus Hirschfeld founded the Institute for Sex Research, a pioneering private research institute and counseling office. He was an advocate for sexual minorities. The Nazis destroyed the comprehensive library in 1933.
1937: The pink triangle
In 1937, the Nazis first started using the pink triangle to identify gay men in the concentration camps. According to historical sources, between 5,000 and 15,000 homosexuals were deported to Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
Here, former Nazi concentration camp "pink triangle" deportee French-Czech Rudolf Brazda poses with his book "Pink triangle" on June 1st, 2010 in the French eastern city of Kingersheim. Brazda, 97, one of the last known survivors of homosexual deportation, spend 32 months at the Buchenwald concentration camp.
1950: Harry Hay and the Mattachine Society
Pictured here, Harry Hay (left), one of the founders of the gay rights movement, brushes the cheek of his partner John Burnside on July 19, 2002, at their home in San Francisco. Hay devoted his life to progressive politics and founded the secret network of support groups for gays known as the Mattachine Society in 1950. Hay was also among the first to argue that gays represented a cultural minority, not just individuals.
1952: Alan Turing trial
Alan Turing, considered one of the leading pioneers of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence -- in addition to being a noted English code breaker in World War II -- was prosecuted in 1952 for performing "homosexual acts." In 2009, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued a public apology for the "appalling" way he was treated.
1952: Christine Jorgensen
Christine Jorgensen, a former World War II-era GI, became the first widely known person to undergo male-to-female reassignment surgery in 1952.
1960s: Leo Abse
Leo Abse, a British Member of Parliament, was instrumental in lobbying tirelessly for a bill permitting homosexual acts between consenting adults in the 1960s.
1969: Stonewall Inn nightclub raid
Police raided the gay-friendly Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969, setting off a series of protests from the gay community. These public demonstrations are widely considered to be an important first step in the wider LGBT rights movement in the United States.
1975: Gay marriage in Colorado
Boulder County clerk and recorder Clela Rorex stumbled into history when two men asked her for a marriage license, which she granted. She issued a total of six licenses before Attorney General J.D. MacFarlane intervened, despite the questions about his authority over another elected official.
Rorex is seem here outside the offices of current County Clerk Hillary Hall, in Boulder, Colo., on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
1977: Harvey Milk elected
Harvey Milk, shown here in front of his camera shop in 1977, became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. During his brief tenure, he introduced an ordinance that protected gays and lesbians from being fired from their jobs in San Francisco. He also led a campaign against banning gay teachers. He was assassinated in 1978.
1979: Gay Freedom Day Parade
Pictured here, a homosexual group calling itself The Advocate Experience paraded in front of San Francisco City Hall on June 24, 1979, during the 1979 Gay Freedom Day Parade and Celebration. The parade celebrated the 10th anniversary of the gay rights movement. Police say over a quarter million people attended the afternoon-long celebration.
1980: Democrats take a stand
At the Democratic National Convention in 1980, the Democrats become the first political party to add gay rights to their platform.
1987: National March on Washington
Pictured here, participants of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights carry a banner as they parade in front of the White House, on Oct. 11, 1987 in Washington, D.C. They wanted the President Ronald Reagan to address the AIDS crisis. Police estimated that some 50,000 people participated in the march.
1987: ACT UP founded
ACT UP was founded in 1987 by Larry Kramer as a response to the government's slow response to the AIDS crisis in the United States.
1997: Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres' character came out as a lesbian in the historic 1997 episode titled "The Puppy Episode."
1998: Matthew Shepard
Matthew Shepard was a gay University of Wyoming student who was found beaten and tortured to death in 1998. His murder brought international attention to hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels. In 2009, Barack Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law.
2000: Vermont legalizes civil unions
Pictured here, Vermont Justice of the Peace Robert Dixon holds up the state civil union license that allowed him to unite Declan Buckley and Kevin Gato in a civil union in 2000. Vermont became the first state to legalize civil unions between lesbian and gay couples at midnight on July 1, 2000. Same-sex couples from several states rushed to take advantage of the opportunity.
2004: Massachusetts legalizes same-sex marriage
Pictured here, successful lawsuit plaintiffs Julie and Hillary Goodridge shake hands with the registrar after applying for their marriage license with their eight-year-old daughter Annie at City Hall in Boston on May 17, 2004. Massachusetts became the first state in the United States to legally sanction same-sex marriage based on the ruling of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court sought by the Goodridges.
2010: Don't ask, don't tell
The Senate voted to do away with the military's 17-year ban on openly gay troops on Dec. 18, 2010, and sent President Barack Obama legislation to overturn the Clinton-era policy known as "don't ask, don't tell."
2014: Laverne Cox nominated for Emmy
In 2014, actress Laverne Cox became the first openly transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy Award. She was nominated for her role in the TV show "Orange is the New Black."
2015: Ireland approves gay marriage by popular vote
Pictured here, people react after Ireland voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage in a historic referendum, in Dublin on May 23, 2015. Ireland became the first country in the world to adopt same-sex marriage by popular vote as 62 percent of the electorate backed the referendum.
2015: Supreme Court ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 26, 2015, that the U.S. Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry . With the ruling, gay marriage will become legal in all 50 states.
“The City of Booneville, Mayor, and Board of Aldermen do not condone or approve these types of discriminatory policies,” the statement said.
As Deep South Voice noted, Mississippi lawmakers passed a “religious freedom” law in 2016 that allows businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ people on the basis of religious beliefs. The law explicitly mentions gender and sexual orientation, but not race.
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