There have been many unhinged responses to the Supreme Court’s decision today overturning same-sex marriage bans, and this is one of them:
Gov. Phil Bryant said Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage “usurps” states’ long-held rights to self governance and he’s studying the state’s “options.”
“Gov. Bryant will continue to do all that he can to protect and defend the religious freedoms of Mississippi,” spokeswoman Nicole Webb said.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves decried the ruling as “overreach of the federal government” that has expanded under the Obama Administration from the executive to the judicial branches.
This sounds familiar to the passionate resistance white Southern conservatives had to desegregation. That’s to be expected. It’s like Taylor Swift covering Dancing in the Dark — regrettable but no lasting damage was done. It’s not like the Mississippi government plans to do anything crazy.
State House Judiciary Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, said he’s still studying the ruling, but that one option might be for Mississippi to get out of the marriage business altogether.
“One of the options that other states have looked at is removing the state marriage license requirement,” Gipson said. “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
If Gipson is already considering the option of “(getting) out of the marriage business altogether,” then it’s possible that the ruling has stumped even his keen legal mind. It’s like the lawyer for a restaurant studying the list of health care violations and suggesting, “Screw it, just start selling typewriters.”
On Friday, Gipson said: “What the Supreme Court’s decision does not and cannot change is the firmly held conviction of faith of myself and most Mississippians. 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.”
I don’t think this is a “whim” of the court. I know Gipson is still “studying the ruling,” but it really is more in depth than determining where to go for lunch. There are legal opinions and everything.
Jennifer Riley-Collins, director of the Mississippi ACLU, said she hopes “that Mississippi’s officials will embrace everyone and will not attempt to set up barriers to this momentous decision.”
“I pray that the state of Mississippi is on the right side of history this time,” Riley-Collins said. “Aren’t we tired of being last?”
Good luck with that, ma’am.