JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove says he now regrets signing a state law in 2000 that bans same-sex couples from adopting children.
Musgrove, a Democrat, served one term as governor, from January 2000 to January 2004.
He first reported his change of heart in an essay this week on the Huffington Post. He also said same-sex couples should have the right to marry.
Musgrove, who's Baptist, told The Associated Press on Friday that his evolution occurred over time. He said reading the U.S. Constitution made it clear that the government cannot deny rights to groups of people.
He commended Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, who recently announced support for same-sex couple after learning his son is gay.
Mississippi voters in 2004 adopted a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Follow Emily Wagster Pettus on Twitter: http://twitter.com/EWagsterPettus
Bernie Sanders and Robert Reich Are Confused by Economics. And Government. And Reality
The truth about gun deaths: numbers and actual solutions
The Rentboy arrests and the right to be special | RedState
Paul Tracy - How to Own Government Bonds Yielding 8.7%
TIME walks back claim that 15,000 attended Amber Rose SlutWalk; LA Times counts hundreds - twitchy.com
Muslim History vs Western Fantasy: The ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Context | Human Events
Gabe Suarez On The Recent History Of Police Armament - Bearing Arms - Police, Video