HRC is excited to announce that Bishop Brian Seage and former NAACP chairman Ben Jealous will speak at this Sunday’s Rally to Repeal HB 1523, in Jackson, Mississippi.
Additionally, HRC President Chad Griffin, Derrick Johnson of the NAACP, Erik Fleming of the ACLU, Felicia Brown-Williams of Planned Parenthood, Kara Stanford, a transgender woman and military veteran, Mitchell Moore of Campbell’s Bakery, Rev. Chris Perkins of the Rock Worship Center and HRC Mississippi State Director Rob Hill will also speak.
During Jealous’s term at the helm of the NAACP, the nation’s largest civil rights organization, the NAACP formally endorsed marriage equality for LGBT Americans at a decisive moment in the 2012 election cycle. Prior to the NAACP’s announcement, no pro-marriage equality initiative had ever succeeded at the ballot box. But thanks in part to the leadership of Ben Jealous, crucial ballot measures in states like Maryland prevailed for the very first time.
Seage is the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi.
“I am profoundly disheartened by the Mississippi State Senate’s approval of HB 1523, which codifies discrimination against many Mississippi citizens. I would respectfully encourage Governor Bryant to veto the bill, if it reaches his desk,” he wrote on his blog. “The Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi stands as one with our brothers and sisters in the LGBT community and the Human Rights Campaign.”
Join HRC on Sunday as we urge Mississippi lawmakers to stand up against this discriminatory anti-LGBT law. We will march from the Mississippi Capitol to the Governor’s Mansion in order to send a clear and powerful message to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip A. Gunn that it fair-minded Mississippians support its repeal.