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How Gay Marriage Decision Affects Mississippi

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        Mississippi College school of law professor Matt Steffey says the U.S Supreme Court's historic decisions recognizing same sex unions in other states changes nothing in Mississippi, which does not recognize gay marriage.

      In the first case, the court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, calling it "unconstitutional."

     DOMA defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and denied federal benefits to same sex married couples.

      In the second case on California's ban on same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court did not take a stand, letting the lower court rulings stand.

      According to Steffey, the court's ruling means a married homosexual or lesbian couple that moves from another state to Mississippi would still be entitled to federal benefits.

"But they are no more married in the state of Mississippi that ever," Steffey said.

      Meantime, William Perkins of the Mississippi Baptist Convention, fears the high court's affirmation of gay marriage is a step in the wrong direction. 

    "We do not believe it's right for America and we do not it's not right for Mississippi"

    A few years back Mississippi legislature passed a bill defining marriage as between a man and a woman that some say could one day be challenged by gay marriage proponents.   

 

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