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Robin Roberts on HB 1523: 'It hurts my soul'

AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD/2015 
Robin Roberts, long an ambassador for Mississippi, speaks in Pass Christian during a special screening of her TV special, 'Katrina 10 Years After the Storm.'
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD/2015 Robin Roberts, long an ambassador for Mississippi, speaks in Pass Christian during a special screening of her TV special, 'Katrina 10 Years After the Storm.'

Robin Roberts on HB 1523: 'It hurts my soul'

Robin Roberts, "Good Morning America" anchor and Mississippi's current tourism cover girl, has released a statement about the state's so-called "religious freedom" bill.

Roberts has a longtime partner and came out as a lesbian on Facebook in 2013. The statement was released to ABC affiliates:

"My father, Colonel Lawrence Roberts, was assigned to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi in 1969. During his military career we lived in many states and countries. When Dad retired from the Air Force in 1975, we chose to stay in Mississippi. We fell in love with the Magnolia State for many reasons. Last year well before recent events, I was interviewed and photographed to be on the cover of Mississippi's official state tourism publication.

"I've often boasted about the beautiful people, delicious food and my picturesque hometown of Pass Christian. My longtime partner, Amber, and I have always felt welcomed in my home state, and it hurts my soul to think of anyone not feeling welcome. It's always been a deeply held belief of mine that everyone, everywhere should be treated equally. I'm proud that my beloved mother and father taught me as a child growing up in Mississippi to focus on the many things we all have in common, not our few differences. And what we all deserve to have in common is the right to be treated equally."

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