JACKSON, Miss.- Last week, a federal judge ruled that Mississippi’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. However, a federal appeals court says same-sex marriages won’t be allowed in Mississippi while the state defends its gay-marriage ban.
U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves overturned Mississippi’s gay-marriage ban last week, but put his decision on hold for two weeks to give the state time to appeal his ruling.
On Thursday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals said the state cannot issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples during the appeals process.
The 5th Circuit also has appeals pending on disputes over gay-marriage bans in Texas and Louisiana.
Same-sex marriage is legal in more than half of the U.S. News Mississippi hit the streets to ask Mississippians how they feel about same-sex marriage in the state.