Clerks across the state have started allowing same-sex couples to marry without waiting for further order from the courts.We hope that couples across the state will encounter no more roadblocks to equality.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.
June 29, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Morgan Miller, ACLU of Mississippi, 769-447-6678; [email protected], Miss – Today, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood issued new guidance to Circuit Clerks in Mississippi regarding marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
The following is a response from American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi Executive Director Jennifer Riley-Collins: “We are pleased with today’s guidance to the Circuit Clerks issued by Attorney General Hood.
“If any couple encounters an issue please contact our office at 601-354-3408.” Visit our Love Wins page more information on the Supreme Court decision, FAQ's on getting married in Mississippi and our hotline.
June 26, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Morgan Miller, ACLU of Mississippi, 769-447-6678; [email protected], Miss – The following is a statement from American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi Executive Director Jennifer Riley-Collins in response to Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s guidance to Circuit Clerks about the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling in : “Everyone has a duty to follow the Constitution whether or not there is a specific injunction ordering them to do so on pain of contempt. A court order should not be needed to have the State of Mississippi follow the Constitution.
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.The question is whether states and their officers have to comply with the Constitution . States and government officials cannot drag their heels when it comes to their constitutional obligations.“The ACLU of Mississippi remains prepared to ensure and defend the freedom of marriage to all.“The Supreme Court has spoken and everyone should be complying with the Constitution.The right question isn’t about timing around lifting the stay on the injunction.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.