JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lesbian who sued her school district after she was left out of the high school yearbook for wearing a tuxedo is now calling for a state museum to allow a commitment ceremony for her and her partner.
The Southern Poverty Law Center sent a letter on her behalf to the museum Thursday threatening to sue if the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum doesn't permit Ceara Sturgis and her partner to hold the ceremony there.
The state-owned museum in Jackson refused to permit a similar ceremony for two men earlier this year.
The museum has said it interprets commitment ceremonies to represent a union. It cites a 2009 opinion by Attorney General Jim Hood that said it could decline such ceremonies because same-sex marriage is banned in Mississippi.