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Mississippi is considering pulling the plug on issuing marriage licenses altogether after the Supreme Court struck down bans on gay marriage Friday morning.
As the state's governor and lieutenant governor condemned the court’s decision, state House Judiciary Chairman Andy Gipson began studying wants to prevent gay marriage in Mississippi. Governor Phil Bryant said he would do all he can "to protect and defend the religious freedoms of Mississippi.” To Bryant’s point of doing “all” the state could do, Gipson, who is a Baptist minister, suggested removing marriage licenses entirely.
“One of the options that other states have looked at is removing the state marriage license requirement,” Gipson told The Clarion-Ledger, a local newspaper. “We will be researching what options there are. I personally can see the pros and cons to that. I don’t know if it would be better to have no marriage certificate sponsored by the state or not. But it’s an option out there to be considered.”
Oklahoma is investigating a similar change. A bill there would allow notaries and religious leaders to sign marriage documents and strip the power from judges and clerks.
Alabama already has one county that operates in this manner.
originally posted by: muse7
Looks like the national guard should be sent again in order to enforce people of different sexual orientations to be treated equally under the law.
originally posted by: CB328
This is stupid, but why do we need "licenses" for people to have relationships anyway?
originally posted by: Thorneblood
Man they really are just working the South for all they can right before Jade Helm aren't they.
I suppose we could discuss the merits of State's rights but this just proves sometimes States are dumb asses too.
originally posted by: CharlieSpeirs
So Supreme Court rulings on the Constitution only matter when people agree with them?
Good to know.