State of Mississippi Archives: on Civil Rights


Vicki Slater: People don't recognize MS flag, only Confederate flag

Q: Some people are calling for a special legislative session on the changing the state flag.

A: One of the main problems with the flag is that it's the vision that businesses and other states have of Mississippi because of that flag [At events where] there were flags from all 50 states and people in the stands were outraged, saying, 'Why is there a Confederate flag?" They didn't recognize that as the Mississippi state flag. They just recognized it as a Confederate flag. The flag that we have now was never made the official flag until a few years ago. It was always flown as if it was the state flag, even though it was not. So if you look at it in that way, the governor could just say I'm going to fly a flag that isn't official.

Q: Would you use your authority as governor to do that?

A: I would certainly contemplate it.

Source: Jackson Free Press on 2015 Mississippi Gubernatorial race Jul 22, 2015

Vicki Slater: Supreme Court gay marriage ruling is not federal overreach

Q: On marriage equality, there's a feeling that the Legislature might try to throw up another roadblock next year.

A: I've heard a lot of rhetoric from the Republicans that the gay-marriage ruling was federal overreach. It's not federal overreach for the U.S. Supreme Court to interpret the U.S. Constitution, and it's not the first time the U.S. Supreme Court has addressed the issue of marriage. Basically, what they've said is what is private to an individual is up to that individual, so I don't really see it as federal overreach at all. I don't see it as unprecedented as far as the court speaking to marriage. What the Supreme Court said in this decision was that the state should allow gay marriage, but that the religious leaders have a right not to perform the ceremony if it violates their religion. If the Mississippi Legislature passed a law that said religious leaders don't have to do this, it would be an unnecessary law, but it would be in line with the Constitution.

Source: Jackson Free Press on 2015 Mississippi Gubernatorial race Jul 22, 2015

Vicki Slater: Remove Confederate Battle symbol from state flag

Vicki Slater announced her support for changing the Mississippi state flag. Slater said the state flag should represent the prosperity of each and every Mississippian, adding that the flag makes some feel unwelcome here.

She commends Gov. Nikki Haley for calling for the removal of the Confederate Battle flag on the S.C. State House grounds. "We should change the flag. If the emblem is offensive to any of our Christian brothers and sisters, and it's divisive, then it needs to be changed," said Slater.

Source: WXXV Fox-25 coverage of 2015 Mississippi gubernatorial race Jun 24, 2015

Chris McDaniel: Government shouldn't redefine marriage

Question topic: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

McDaniel: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Mississippi Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Chris McDaniel: As host of Right Side Radio, railed against hip-hop culture

As host of "Right Side Radio" in the mid-2000s, McDaniel railed against hip-hop culture, referred to Mexican "mamacitas," poked fun at gay people, and derided a female candidate who he said was "basically using her boobies" to win. Critics, seizing on those comments--and his appearance last June before the Sons of Confederate Veterans group--have attacked him as a racist, a sexist and antigay. His political speeches, though more subtle, evoke echoes of an earlier era, when 1960s segregationists whipped up fears of outsiders, some scholars say.

"Millions in this country feel like strangers in this land--you recognize that, don't you?" he told an audience of farmers in Covington County. "An older America passes away, a new America rises to take its place. We recoil from that culture. It's foreign to us. It's offensive to us."

[His supporters] see a candidate who grew up steeped in his Baptist faith, surrounded--and influenced by--the history and traditions of the rural South.

Source: N. Y. Times on 2014 Mississippi Senate race Jun 13, 2014

Chris McDaniel: Dems want homosexual marriage legal in all 50 states

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Mississippi Senate race Jan 14, 2014

Haley Barbour: Proud of MS's highest vote in US for traditional marriage

I am proud that Mississippi cast the highest percentage of its vote of any state in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman;
Source: 2011 Mississippi State of the State Address Jan 11, 2011

Ronnie Musgrove: Ban gay couples from adopting

Mississippi on Wednesday became the third state to ban gay couples from adopting children, although the plan is likely to be challenged in court.

Democratic Gov. Ronnie Musgrove signed the bill after it easily cleared the Legislature in the final days of the recently concluded 2000 session. Florida and Utah have similar laws.

Mississippi’s law takes effect July 1. Its supporters said it was spurred in part by Vermont’s new law giving gay couples nearly all of the benefits of marriage.

Source: CBS News, “Mississippi Bans Gay Adoptions” May 3, 2000

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