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Mon Feb 18, 2013, 04:30 PM

Hate-Filled Backlash After Paper Reports on Mississippi Gay Couple Who Married Despite Brain Cance

The staff of the Laurel Leader-Call were met with a "hate-filled" backlash in which 15 people cancelled their subscriptions after the century-old newspaper dared to report on an historic event: The first known gay wedding ceremony in Laurel, Mississippi.

On February 7th, the Leader-Call ran on its front page the moving story of Jessica Powell and Crystal Craven, a Laurel couple who married the Saturday before. One year ago, Crystal was diagnosed with stage four brain cancer. Since, she has had three surgeries, and neither she nor Jessica are certain what the future holds.

But in in October, Crystal got down on one knee and proposed to Jessica.

The wedding was much like any other wedding you've ever heard of. Jessica had a dress from David's Bridal. The wedding included a maid of honor and a best man. There was a cake-cutting and punch at the reception. There was a flower girl and there were ring bearers. But Jessica was given away by her son, 6-year-old Aden.



That story should move anyone. Anyone who was moved by the movie A Walk to Remember in which Landon Carter (played by Shane West) proposes to and marries Jamie Sullivan (played by Mandy Moore) after learning she has leukemia should be just as moved by this story and fervently hope it has a much happier resolution. As Jessica Powell said in the article, "Love is love, it knows no gender." In other words, there exists no difference between the Jamie & Landon shared and the love Jessica & Crystal share. Except, of course, Jessica & Crystal actually exist.

But it was obvious that not everyone in Laurel felt that way. After the publication of the Saturday paper, the Laurel Leader-Call was inundated with angry phone calls over 50, according to editor Jim Cegieklski. The newspaper's Facebook page was also hit by a string of angry comments, some directed at Cassidi Bush, who reported the story. She's been accused of promoting the "liberal agenda" because of her reporting. For the record, Cassidi identifies as a conservative.

One commenter wrote, "This is what we have to put up with on the world news every night. Never thought I would open my local paper and see such. Insulting!!!"

"It's a sad day for traditional family values when this is printed on the front of a newspaper," another wrote.

Betsy wrote, "I don't see 'hatred' in any of these comments. I personally believe that gay 'marriage' is wrong in the eyes of God." It's obvious: Betsy's opinion is pretty much the same as God's opinion, generally, and she is the barometer by which we should all measure how well our opinion aligns with the Big Guy's. Just so you know.

http://www.deepsouthprogressive.com/2013/02/hate-filled-backlash-after-laurel-paper.html

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ashtonelijah Feb 2013 OP
Helen Reddy Feb 2013 #1
GiaGiovanni Feb 2013 #2
chollybocker Feb 2013 #3
AZ Mike Feb 2013 #4
Rowdyboy Feb 2013 #5
ellie Feb 2013 #6
BVictor1 Feb 2013 #7
Initech Feb 2013 #8

Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 04:36 PM

1. "Family Values"

 

What a sad state of affairs.

Good luck to these lovely women.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:05 PM

2. Stage 4 brain cancer is pretty much a death sentence

 

The commitment to go the journey with a partner under those conditions is really touching. The best to them.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:15 PM

3. Gay bashing takes on many forms.

Sometimes, the bashers don't even need to interact with the victims in order to HATE THEM and leave a festering scar. This bullsh*t has got. to. stop.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 05:56 PM

4. Are we sure....

....that the folks writing the letters to the newspaper themselves are not suffering from brain cancer?

Nah. Maybe just soul cancer....

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 07:44 PM

5. Ah, my old home town makes the news again...sister still lives there....She probably wrote one of

the letters raising hell. What a cesspool!

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 08:12 PM

6. Why would someone be insulted

because a gay couple got married? Was he/she not invited to the wedding? So ridiculous on so many levels.

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:41 PM

7. Mississippi...

 

They just ratified the 13th Amendment banning slavery.

So now they're not going to read the paper!

Well, they can't get anymore ignorant or dumb than they already are...

Or can they?

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Response to ashtonelijah (Original post)

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:31 PM

8. I've come to the conclusion that those who claim to be on the side of morals and values...

Tend to lack them completely. This is truly disgusting beyond words.

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