Gov. Bryant issues statement on same-sex marriage ruling - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Gov. Bryant issues statement on same-sex marriage ruling

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - The Supreme Court declared Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has released a statement on the ruling, saying that the new federal marriage standards are out of step with the wishes of many in the state.

“Throughout history, states have had the authority to regulate marriage within their borders. Today, a federal court has usurped that right to self-governance and has mandated that states must comply with federal marriage standards—standards that are out of step with the wishes of many in the United States and that are certainly out of step with the majority of Mississippians.”

Attorney General Jim Hood also released a statement on the ruling, saying that the Supreme Court's decision is not yet effective in Mississippi. 

"The Supreme Court's decision is not immediately effective in Mississippi. It will become effective in Mississippi, and circuit clerks will be required to issues same-sex marriage licenses, when the 5th Circuit lifts the stay of Judge Reeves' order. This could come quickly or may take several days. The 5th Circuit might also choose not to lift the stay and instead issue an order, which could take considerably longer before it become effective."

Senator Roger Wicker says that he will continue to work to protect the First Amendment rights of those who oppose same-sex marriage.

“I have always believed that marriage should be between a man and a woman, a belief shared by many Americans. There are people who hold strong views on both sides of this issue, and reasonable people can respectfully disagree. I will continue to work to protect the First Amendment rights of those who, based on their religious convictions, oppose same-sex marriage.”

Wicker is a cosponsor of the “First Amendment Defense Act,” which would prevent the federal government from discriminating against any individual or institution that defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman. It would also bar the government from denying any federal grants, contracts, licenses, or tax exemptions from individuals or groups based on their beliefs.

The ACLU of Mississippi says the ruling will bring joy to many families.

“Today's historic Supreme Court ruling means same-sex couples will soon have the freedom to marry and equal respect for their marriages across America. This ruling will bring joy to families, and final nationwide victory to the decades-long freedom to marry movement. This is a momentous win for freedom, equality, inclusion, and above all, love. We can celebrate that ours is a country that keeps its promise of the pursuit of happiness, liberty, and justice for all. Same-sex couples and their families have waited long enough. We hope state officials move swiftly to implement the Constitution's command."

The organization goes on to say, "Our movement must harness the momentum from the marriage conversation to the work of securing additional advances towards equality, especially nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. LGBT people in Mississippi can still be fired from their jobs, evicted from their homes, and denied service in restaurants and shops simply for being who they are.”


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