In historic news yesterday, Federal judge Carlton Reeves ruled the same sex marriage ban in the state of Mississippi unconstitutional. Here’s his explanation into why he came to this conclusion.
“The Fourteenth Amendment operates to remove the blinders of inequality from our eyes. Though we cherish our traditional values, they must give way to constitutional wisdom. Mississippi’s traditional beliefs about gay and lesbian citizens led it to defy that wisdom by taking away fundamental rights owed to every citizen. It is time to restore those rights.”
I must say, this is incredible. For the state of MS (who we all knew was going to be last to jump on this train) to have it’s ‘traditional values’ offset this soon is certainly a surprise and a welcomed one at that. I thought I’d never see the state do something so progressive.
While voters voted to keep the ban a year ago, federal judges all around the country have been striking down gay marriage bans left and right and MS is the latest causality of this movement. But of course, everyone isn’t happy about this news. The judge also put a stay on this ruling to give time to our attorney general Jim Hood and Governor Phil Bryant to appeal the ruling and they have been on the record saying they will fight and exhaust all resources to make sure this doesn’t happen.
They’re fighting under the guise of “the people have spoken and voted to uphold the gay marriage ban so a federal judge is wrong in declaring it unconstitutional” because they know it’s clearly by textbook definition unconstitutional.