JACKSON, Miss.–The ban on same-sex marriages in Mississippi is still in place, for now. But, Rep. Andy Gipson (R), who is also a Baptist minister, said this week that even if it fails, Christians must operate within that environment and can communicate what is right and wrong with “truth and love”.
The ban on gay marriage in the state was voted in at 86 percent as a Constitutional amendment.
Gipson said Tuesday on the JT Show that he believes the federal Supreme Court has been inventing Constitutional rights. He cited the striking down of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
“It was deemed to be a violation of a federal Constitutional right to same-sex marriage at some level and that was a 5-4 decision. The Supreme Court has, I believe, made their minds up that they’re not going to uphold state bans on same-sex marriage and that’s just the reality of what we’re facing today,” he said.
He said Mississippians who believe the Bible must stay with their beliefs.
“The challenge is to be faithful to our convictions and speak the truth with love. There’s a right way and a wrong way to communicate that truth, but we cannot say because it’s legal, it’s right. There’s a lot of things in this country that are legal, but they’re not right.”
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