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Contact: Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies,215.815.7716, 610.584.1096
July 17, 2013
Homosexual Lobbying Groups Call for ‘Marriage Equality’ in the South – American Family Association Says They Already Have It
AFA Points Out: Homosexuals Have Same Marriage Rights as Everyone Else and Democratic Process Should be Respected

The Human Rights Campaign, in conjunction with the ACLU, Mississippi Center for Justice, Southern Poverty Law Center, William Winter Institute, and Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition, made a tour throughout Mississippi last week to further their desire for what they have termed “marriage equality” in the state. They have told media sources that this is part of a larger campaign to use the recent Supreme Court marriage decisions to build momentum for legal protections for homosexuals in Mississippi. They have expressed confidence that though it will take work, they believe marriage equality will eventually become law in Mississippi. 

The American Family Association (AFA, president, Tim Wildmon, states, “We believe that there should be respect shown for the democratic process of a Constitutional referendum in our country and in every state.  Mississippians already voted to ban homosexual marriage in 2004 and uphold natural marriage between one man and one woman.  The Supreme Court decisions on June 26 did not overturn marriage laws in Mississippi and the fact that these groups think they can  simply convince judges to overturn what has already been voted into law clearly demonstrates a flagrant disrespect for the democratic process.  

“In addition, homosexuals already have the same marriage rights that everyone has. Every person in America has the right to marry someone of the opposite sex. Mississippians should not be fooled by the deceitful tactics that these groups are using to induce pity for homosexuals who cannot be married in Mississippi,because they have chosen a homosexual lifestyle." 

This week, the Campaign for Southern Equality introduced The WE DO Campaign in five Mississippi cities which highlights gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered and queer couples requesting – and being denied – marriage licenses in their hometowns across the South in order to call for “full equality under federal law…” 

Thursday, July 18, The Campaign for Southern Equality is going to Tupelo, Miss., where the headquarters of the American Family Association is located. 

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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time.  Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association (AFA) in 1988. 

Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry's monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner.  

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as and that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA web sites average over 40 million hits and five million visitors each month. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America. 


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