Same-sex married couples in Mississippi may in the near future enjoy some 1,100 potential federal benefits given to married people — how and when it happens, though, is unclear.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued on the federal Defense of Marriage Act says the federal government recognizes same-sex marriage in states where same-sex marriage is legal.
What’s murky is what that means for Mississippi and 38 other states where same-sex marriage is illegal. And both officials and experts who are proponents and opponents of gay marriage say for a while at least — the rulings won’t mean much in Mississippi.
“Today’s Supreme Court rulings have no effect on Mississippi’s constitutional definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman or on the state’s prerogative to not recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere,” Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday in a statement.
- Supreme Court rules DOMA unconstitutional (king5.com)
- Gov. Bentley says despite DOMA ruling he believes marriage is ‘sacred union’ between man and woman (al.com)
- DOMA: Christie’s Veto on Gay Marriage Excludes Gay Couples in New Jersey From Federal Benefits (wnyc.org)
- Supreme Court strikes down DOMA; rules it interferes with states, ‘dignity’ of same-sex marriages (abdulkarimgolfblog.wordpress.com)