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Miss. Lawmakers Respond to DOMA

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 28 Jun 2013 06:00am | comments

The chances of Mississippi granting marriage licenses to same sex couples remains slim to none. That's despite two Supreme Court decisions this week that cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California and granted federal benefits to legally married gay couples. 


Mississippi is one of the 29 states who have adopted constitutional amendments that limit marriage to heterosexual couples.  Representative Andy Gipson of Rankin county calls it the will of the people.  


"Over 80% of Mississippians voted to define marriage the traditional way, so my review of that case is that is has no impact on Mississippi law, and until the people speak again on that issue, our constitution is going to control, I support the constitution,     


Even though gay  marriage is now deemed legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia. State Representative, Kelvin Buck of Holly Springs doesn't see the tide changing toward gay marriage in Mississippi anytime soon.  


"Well, nothing in the past has forced states like Mississippi to look at their own laws, states' rights is a big and important concept in the United States of America and of course, Mississippi will be a state that will look at their laws and make some determinations, it could put some pressure on it, but Mississippi has never responded too much to pressure anyway, that speaks for itself."   


The court's decision does not embrace a national constitutional right to same sex marriage.  But would make legally married gay couples eligible for federal benefits.  






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