Tig Notaro says there’s work to do in the space she considers home — MS

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Source:   —  June 19, 2017, at 5:05 PM

But Notaro didn't care. She was hell-bent on getting married in Pass Christian — in the drowsy shore town she’s called residence since she was a child — whether it was valid or not.

Tig Notaro says there’s work to do in the space she considers home — MS

When Tig Notaro began planning her wedding to Stephanie Allynne, homosexual marriage was still illegal in the state of Mississippi.

But Notaro didn't care. She was hell-bent on getting married in Pass Christian — in the drowsy shore town she’s called residence since she was a child — whether it was valid or not. After all, she’d spent every summer there with her family. Her mother is buried there, and most her family still calls the Pass home.

“It’s where I wanted to obtain married. It made the most sense,” Notaro said during an interview for , a podcast produced by Sunday Harbinger and McClatchy that explores the lives of LGBTQ people in the Deep S and America’s heartland. You can subscribe presently on or .

Notaro and Allynne mailed out their wedding invitations in June two thousand fifteen. The following morning, the Supreme Ct ruled in favor of marriage equality in every state in the U. S.

“So here we were, legally getting married in Mississippi,” Notaro said in May while on set of filming for the second season of “One Mississippi” in New Orleans. “The joy and pride I felt to have our marriage certificate declare the state of Mississippi — it was just love gosh, I can’t believe we're saying this.”

Notaro may live in LA today with Allynne and their twin sons, Max and Finn, but MS is where her heart remains. And while she feels the Coast is inclusive, she said MS doesn’t always feel safe.

Shortly after the ruling, MS passed controversial , which gave individuals, businesses and religious organizations the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people.

“We took this ride to Jackson. We both felt scared, because we could be kicked out of a hotel. We could be kicked out of a restaurant. It was the first time I felt scared,” Notaro said.

But that won’t stop Notaro and Allynne from coming residence to the Gulf Coast with their boys.

“I have that hometown pride with the state, and I refuse to leave it behind and discard it,” she said.

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