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Mississippi Republican Suggests Dropping Marriage Licenses For Everyone

| by Michael Allen

After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, Republican State House Judiciary Chairman Andy Gipson of Mississippi suggested his state not approve marriage licenses for anyone.

According to The Clarion-Ledger, Gipson said:

"One of the options that other states have looked at is removing the state marriage license requirement. 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."

Another possible advocate of picking up your marriage marbles and going home is Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

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Paul wrote in an op-ed for Time on June 28:

"The government should not prevent people from making contracts but that does not mean that the government must confer a special imprimatur upon a new definition of marriage.

"Perhaps the time has come to examine whether or not governmental recognition of marriage is a good idea, for either party."

Sources: The Clarion-Ledger, Time
Image Credit: Rep. Andy Gipson