What the hell is going on in Mississippi? Marriage

Posted on 30 Jun 2015 at 4:17pm

Haven’t heard much about what’s going on in Mississippi? That’s because nothing much is going on in Mississippi, except marriage.


Marriage equality plaintiff Jim Obergefell

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood ordered licenses to be issued on Monday, June 29, and clerks around the state began issuing licenses.

WAPT, a Jackson TV station, held a poll: “Do you support same-sex marriage in Mississippi.” The result? 57 percent are in favor… Of same-sex marriage… In Mississippi!

The state waited until Monday, because the stay issued by the district judge in the Mississippi marriage case had not been lifted. On Monday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the stay and the attorney general issued his orders to begin issuing licenses.

In Texas, the district judge in San Antonio that ruled on the case stayed his own ruling. He lifted that stay on Friday, June 26, immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled.

Unlike Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Hood didn’t encourage clerks to invoke religious beliefs and promise to find them pro bono counsel, according to the Jackson Clarion Ledger.

Instead, in his opinion, Hood wrote, “a clerk who refuses to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple could be sued by the denied couple and may face liability.”

And what did the governor have to say about same-sex marriage?

“I think this matter has been settled by the Supreme Court,” Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said.

New Dallas Voice poll: Is this the first time you’ve ever said, “I wish we had Mississippi’s governor.”

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