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At a nearby fire station, firefighters put up a note on the door, saying, “We’ve been up too many nights and we’ve got to get some sleep. The girls will take care of you.” Camp Sister Spirit is now deserted but fondly remembered.Brenda Henson died of cancer in 2008, and Wanda Henson is a nurse practitioner with a clinic in Biloxi.Legislators did pass a statutory ban on same-sex marriage the following year, and voters put the ban into the state's constitution by approving an amendment in 2004.A challenge to the ban was making its way through the federal courts when the U. Supreme Court struck down all remaining obstacles to marriage equality with its historic ruling in Mississippi's Trent Lott was once a powerful man in Washington, D. Thurmond had run for president as a "Dixiecrat" on a racist platform in 1948, and at a 2002 event honoring Thurmond, Lott noted that Mississippi had voted for the Dixiecrats, "and if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years either." Lott was forced to make multiple apologies for the remark, and he resigned as majority leader; he left the Senate altogether in 2007 and became a lobbyist.“Now we’ve got lots and lots of friends,” Brenda Henson told Biloxi TV station WLOX in 2003, as the camp observed its 10th anniversary.“We’ve got terrific neighbors that have gotten to know us.” In 2005, Camp Sister Spirit staff and volunteers were heavily involved in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, winning more hearts and minds in the area."You should try to show them a way to deal with that problem,'' he said of gay people, "just like alcohol ... or kleptomania.'' Hormel finally became the first openly gay U. ambassador in 1999 without Senate confirmation, as Clinton took advantage of a legal loophole to make a recess appointment when Congress was out of session. Jordan III disagreed, ruling in March that the state could no longer enforce the ban.Mississippi had the last standing ban on adoption by same-sex couples; it was struck down by a federal court this year, in a case brought by couples including Janet Smith and Donna Phillips (pictured with daughter Hannah Marie Phillips) and LGBT rights groups, represented by star attorney Roberta Kaplan and other lawyers. "This is a victory for children who need both parents and it's a victory for common sense — the presumption should always be that there's a preference for married-couple families to raise children," Robert Knight of the antigay Family Research Council said at the time, not recognizing that the ban actually hurt children. State officials did not appeal his ruling, so it stands — and the ban has fallen.
He was elected majority leader again in 2002, but then his political career was marred by the incident for which he is most remembered — his praise for segregationist U. In 1998, as the Senate considered President Bill Clinton's nomination of gay businessman and philanthropist James Hormel as ambassador to Luxembourg, Lott called homosexuality a sin and a sickness.Lesbian couple Brenda and Wanda Henson founded Camp Sister Spirit in 1993 in Ovett, Miss., to provide women with a haven from sexism and homophobia.It was open to supportive men as well, offering festivals, retreats, and summits to discuss LGBT issues in an environment free of discrimination.Mississippi took an unusual route, becoming the first state to ban same-sex marriage by executive order, issued by Gov. He took the action after the legislature failed to pass an anti–marriage equality bill.''Same-sex marriage makes a mockery out of the institution of marriage, which is already embattled,'' he said at the time.
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