U.S. Supreme Court building.

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.

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One thought on “Gov. Bryant: DOMA ruling has no effect on Mississippi

  1. Not entirely true… this ruling has given hope to the queer community of the state to press forward with our desire for true equality. This is just the beginning.

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