POSTED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 4:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 12:39pm
TUPELO, MISS (NBC33) — As a campaign for marriage equality continues in Mississippi, the American Family Association reaffirms its position.
“Homosexuals already have the same marriage rights that everyone has,” Tim Wildmon, President of AFA, said in a press release. “Every person in America has the right to marry someone of the opposite sex.”
The Human Rights Campaign launched a series of events throughout Mississippi during July  to address the recent Supreme Court marriage decision.
“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."
The final event in the WE DO Campaign is scheduled for Thursday, July 18 in Tupelo.
“The couples taking part in the WE DO Campaign are loving, committed families who are proud to call Mississippi home,” Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director of the Campaign for Southern Equality. “But LGBT people in Mississippi and other Southern states simply cannot keep waiting for equality through state laws.
“There is an urgent human need for legal protections for families and individuals in Mississippi and so we are calling for federal laws to change as quickly as possible to ensure that, no matter what state you live in, you are treated as a full and equal citizen.”
The American Family Association has its headquarters in Tupelo. The organization believes the planned demonstration is disrespectful of the democratic process.
“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,” Wildmon continued in his statement. “ 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.”
The WE DO Campaign notes that Mississippi has the highest percentage in the nation for same-sex couples raising children.