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Navy denies relocating ship-commissioning ceremony because of Mississippi's LGBT law

The U.S. Navy is disputing news reports that an upcoming military ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss., had been moved to Portland, Ore., because of opposition to Mississippi's new LGBT law.

News outlets in Portland were reporting that the Navy had canceled plans to christen and commission the amphibious transport dock ship Portland at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Pascagoula on May 21.

The story seemed to take off after Portland Mayor Charlie Hales announced last week that he would not attend the christening in Pascagoula unless Mississippi lawmakers repeal HB 1523, which critics say will legalize discrimination against LGBT people.

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