The Washington Blade has learned that the son of Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant was once attacked because he is gay. A source who claims to know Patrick Bryant from when they were students at the University of Southern Mississippi told the Washington Blade last week during a telephone interview from Jackson, the state capital, that the incident took place at a bar in Hattiesburg after the governor took office in The source said that Patrick Bryant — who was a student at the University of Southern Mississippi at the time — went to the bar with a group of other gay men. The source told the Blade that Patrick Bryant moved to Austin, Texas, shortly after the alleged incident took place. The officer who answered the phone did not follow-up with information about the alleged attack.
The law allows state employees and businesses to deny services based on their religious beliefs. The Mississippi state law went into effect on 10 October - just a year after the highest court in the country ruled on the legality of gay marriage - after several state court battles by community advocacy lawyers. Lower courts determined that the immediate challenges to the law were not sufficient enough to overturn it because those suing - including ordained ministers who married same-sex couples as well as LGBT couples seeking to marry - could not show how they would be significantly harmed by the law. That court "ruled only that the harm identified by the plaintiffs after the law was passed but before it took effect were insufficient to establish standing the right to challenge the law ; it did not rule on the constitutionality of the law. Another lower court, the district court, ruled the law could be challenged and was unconstitutional but the higher appellate court reversed only part of that decision.
I was 18 the first time I fell in love with another guy. He lived in Cleveland, Mississippi. It was about two hours from Madison, the polished upper-middle class city just north of Jackson where I lived with my mom and stepdad. One weekend, when my parents were away visiting family in Chicago, I drove the two hours to see him.
Jesse Pandolfo has found a place to settle down in Jackson. Originally from Boston, she came out after moving to Mississippi. I never plotted it out this way. But I thought about it for a while and decided. So, I just kind of took the opportunity and went with it, and hoped it would work.