While we hope the Clerks will begin to issue the licenses soon, all necessary legal actions remain an option.” June 26, 2015 By Jennifer Riley-Collins As many of you know I am a proud Mississippian.I am also very proud to be the Executive Director of the ACLU of MS. Today, SCOTUS ruled that all people have a right to equality.Once before, when that was the ruling of the high court the State of MS was purposefully slow and put barriers in place to prevent equality from being recognized.
Even though the SCOTUS decision came down several hours ago, we are waiting on the Court to lift its stay.
We are hopeful that the Court will see as Judge Reeves did that no person should be treated as a second class citizen and will lift the stay of his order recognizing the right to marry.
Circuit Clerks and all other governmental officials who have sworn an oath to follow the Constitution should move swiftly to comply with the law of the land.
If there are any issues the ACLU of Mississippi remains committed to standing in defense of marriage equality across the state.
“Our movement must harness the momentum from the marriage conversation to the work of securing additional advances towards equality, especially nondiscrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.