Mississippi Amendment 1 Information

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Amendment 1 of 2004 is an amendment to the Mississippi Constitution that prohibited same-sex marriages from being conducted or recognized in Mississippi. The Amendment passed a public referendum on November 2, 2004 with 86% of voters supporting and 14% opposing. [1]

The text of the adopted amendment, which is found at Article XIV, section 263A of the Mississippi Constitution, states:

Marriage may take place and may be valid under the laws of this state only between a man and a woman. A marriage in another state or foreign jurisdiction between persons of the same gender, regardless of when the marriage took place, may not be recognized in this state and is void and unenforceable under the laws of this state. [2]

When compared to all similar amendments passed in the United States, Mississippi Amendment 1 had the highest percentage of votes for the amendment, outpacing the next two states, Alabama and Tennessee, at 81%.


Amendment 1 [3]
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 957,104 86.01
No 155,648 13.99
Total votes 1,112,752 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 2,068,766 53.78

See also


  1. ^ CNN.com Election 2004 - Ballot Measures Accessed 30 November 2006.
  2. ^ " DOMAwatch.org - Mississippi Archived 2005-03-10 at the Wayback Machine" Alliance Defense Fund. 2006. Accessed 14 December 2006.
  3. ^ "2004 General Election Turnout Rates". United States Election Project. June 4, 2013. Archived from the original on July 9, 2013.

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