HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - State Senator Joey Fillingane, R-Miss., said the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage:
"I think if you looked at the text of the opinion in the decision it completely ignores the constitution. I mean, there is nothing constitutional about the decision today," said Fillingane. "It simply reflects a changing attitude in some parts of the country, and the problem with that is that it imposes that change of attitude on the entirety of the country. Including Mississippi, and many other states, the majority of states have passed legislation, or had court decisions that ruled directly in contravention of this particular ruling. What we believe is that marriage is between one man and one woman."
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. After consulting legal council, the Forrest County Clerk ceased the issuing of marriage licenses until the ban is overturned.