Joce Pritchett and her wife Carla Webb are plaintiffs in Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant, a federal lawsuit challenging Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage. Joce and Carla were married in Maine last year and live in Hinds County, Mississippi with their two children. A hearing on their motion for preliminary injunction will take place in federal court on Wednesday, November 12 before Judge Carlton W. Reeves.
By Joce Pritchett
I know that people don’t believe in love at first sight, but the second I walked up to Carla 11 years ago, I felt like I’d known her my whole life. It didn’t take us long to figure out that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together.
Like most couples, we’ve experienced ups and downs–we’ve managed businesses together, started a family and grown closer through everything. We’ve been blessed with two beautiful children, which means our days are filled with swim lessons, horseback riding and trips to the children’s museum. They’ve changed our lives in one thousand wonderful ways.
Last year, our little girl, Grace, came home from school and asked why we weren’t married like her friends’ parents. We had to explain to her that there were some bad laws in Mississippi that didn’t allow us to get married here. It was that day that we began planning a trip to Maine to become legally married and then had a big party in Jackson two months later . . . → Read More: Why we’re suing for marriage equality in Mississippi