Same-sex couples in seven Mississippi counties were allowed to file out-of-state marriage licenses into chancery court land records Wednesday, while couples were barred from filing documents in one county.
Couples say filing the papers does not overturn Mississippi's ban on same-sex marriage, but it does provide a public record that they are living as families in the state.
Campaign for Southern Equality organized the effort, and group spokesman Aaron Sarver says couples were allowed to file papers in Amite, Desoto, Hancock, Hinds, Lafayette, Lamar and Pearl River counties. They were not allowed to file in coastal Harrison County.
The group says 2012 Census data showed there were 3,488 same-sex households in Mississippi and 26 percent of them were raising children, the highest percentage of any state.