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2017-04-02 16:02:05


Millsaps College honors lawyer who won Mississippi same-sex adoption rights

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi governor, a journalist, and a lawyer who helped strike down a Mississippi law that protected religious objections to same-sex marriage will receive honorary degrees from Millsaps College.

The Methodist-affiliated Jackson college will award the honors to former Gov. Ray Mabus, lawyer Roberta Kaplan and journalist Joanne Edgar at its May 6 commencement.

Mabus was governor from 1988 to 1992. He served as secretary of the Navy from 2009 to 2017.

Edgar, a 1965 Millsaps graduate, was a founding editor of Ms. magazine, where she worked from 1971-1989. As a Millsaps student, she took part in interracial meetings with students at Tougaloo College.

Kaplan successfully argued for adoption by same-sex couples in Mississippi and led the fight to overturn the state’s religious liberty law, arguing it was discriminatory.

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