‘Hate-Filled’ Backlash After Laurel Paper Reports on Mississippi Gay Couple Who Married Despite Brain Cancer Struggle


The front page of the Feb. 7, 2013 edition of theLaurel Leader-Call highlights the town’s firstgay wedding. Click here to visit the site.The staff of the Laurel Leader-Call were met with what a new op-ed called a “hate-filled” response in which at least 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.

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