JACKSON, Miss. — Officials in the state of Mississippi are pondering getting out of the marriage business altogether—among other options—following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Friday declaring that all states must legalize same-sex “marriage.”
“One of the options that other states have looked at is removing the state marriage license requirement,” State House Judiciary Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, told the Clarion Ledger. “We will be researching what options there are. I personally can see 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.”
Besides working for the legislature, Gipson is an attorney and a Baptist minister. He said that he saw the Supreme Court ruling as inevitable, but notes that it won’t phase him and other Christians in the state.
“What the Supreme Court’s decision does not and cannot change is the firmly held conviction of faith of myself and most Mississippians,” Gipson said. “We still believe that marriage is defined by God as the union of one man and one woman. As Bible-believing Christians, we will not change or alter our religious convictions to suit the whims of the court or the culture.”
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