The co-host of ABC’s popular Good Morning America, and a Mississippi native, is opposed to the tate’s new law permitting discrimination against LGBTI residents based on religious convictions.
Robin Roberts, who came out in 2013, released her statement on March 8.
‘My longtime partner, Amber, and I have always felt welcomed in my home state, and it hurts my soul to think of anyone not feeling welcome,’ the statement said, according to the Associated Press.
‘It’s always been a deeply held belief of mine that everyone, everywhere should be treated equally. I’m proud that my beloved mother and father taught me as a child growing up in Mississippi to focus on the many things we all have in common, not our few differences. And what we all deserve to have in common is the right to be treated equally.’
Roberts and Amber Laign have been together since 2005. The couple married in 2014.
The newscaster, who has connections with the Gulf Coast town of Pass Christian, appears on this year’s cover of the Mississippi Tourism Association guide (see below). The state’s motto is the Hospitality State.
Roberts notes she agreed to be on the cover ‘last year well before recent events.’
This past week, Governor Phil Bryant signed the proposal, known as the ‘Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,’ into law after it passed the state Senate by a vote of 31-17.
‘The legislation is designed in the most targeted manner possible to prevent government interference in the lives of the people from which all power to the state is derived,’ the governor insisted in a statement.
The law protects religious institutions if they decide not to recognize the legality of same-sex marriages or refuse to place children with qualified LGBTI families.
It also protects state employees fom not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and sanctions ‘conversion therapy’ to ‘cure’ LGBTI people.