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Same-sex couples have marriages publicly recorded in Hinds Co.

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

 

Three same sex couples walked into Hinds County Chancery Court, stood before a clerk for a few minutes, and had their marriages publicly recorded in the public record.

"It was a wonderful experience we were met with smiles and we walked away with smiles," said Eddie Outlaw.

The Campaign for Southern Equality Organized Wednesday's Day of Statewide Action for Marriage Equality in Mississippi. Those who participated Wednesday say even though same sex marriage isn't recognized in the state, the law requires the government to record same sex marriages.

Jocelyn Pritchett said, "This is it. It creates a vital record that we are here and that for all of history we were here and we were fighting for our marriages and fighting for our families."

Recording the marriages doesn't mean the couples will receive legal benefits, however, those who took part in today's symbolic act say it gives encouragement to other homosexuals.

"Suicide rates among the LGBQTU community is almost 3 times what it is for heterosexual youth and so actions like this in a small way gives those kids hope," Outlaw told us.

Charlene Smith-Smathers said, "We're people just like them. We're church members...we have interests in the school system. We're working everyday, we pay taxes, we're just people."

Same sex couples in eight other counties also had their marriages recorded on Wednesday.

 

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