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Belinda Carlisle brings fight for LGBT rights to South Mississippi

Sun Herald Editorial

JEFF CLARK/SUN HERALDOcean Springs Mayor Connie Moran, left, joins the Rev. Brandiilyne Dear, center, and singer Belinda Carlisle at an anti-HB 1523 press conference Saturday in Biloxi.
JEFF CLARK/SUN HERALDOcean Springs Mayor Connie Moran, left, joins the Rev. Brandiilyne Dear, center, and singer Belinda Carlisle at an anti-HB 1523 press conference Saturday in Biloxi.

We applaud Belinda Carlisle for bringing a little bit of Heaven on Earth to the Coast last weekend and for taking a stand against Mississippi's discriminatory "marriage freedom" law.

Carlisle, the mother of a gay son, was obviously offended by the law but unlike some other performers and visitors, she came to Mississippi anyway.

And she came with a message. And she saw that not all Mississippians are in lockstep with the folks in Jackson who passed the law.

"As a proud mother of a gay son, I can't imagine anything less Christian than using the law as a weapon against others," she said. "My hope is that all of us will do everything in our power to fight these laws and to fight for justice for all. No exceptions."

Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran and the Rev. Brandiilyne Dear joined Carlisle at the press conference to affirm that not all Mississippians are as closed-minded as those we've elected to lead us.

Carlisle promised she wasn't finished fighting. And we aren't either.

We hope no more entertainers will shun Mississippi but will instead follow Carlisle's lead and use their celebrity like a megaphone loud enough to be heard all the way to Jackson.

This law, and the pain and embarrassment it has brought our state, has to go.

This editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board. Opinions of columnists, and cartoonists are their own.

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