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Sen. Wicker releases statement on same-sex marriage decision

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JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision on Obergefell v. Hodges:

“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.

Governor Phil Bryant also released a statement on the decision. 

According to a statement from Attorney General Jim Hood, The Supreme Court's decision is not immediately effective in Mississippi.

Despite confusion surrounding the law, same-sex couples have been issued licenses from the Forrest County Circuit Clerk. Three couples have been married so far on the courthouse steps. 

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