More and more states have equal marriage. However, there is still same-sex marriage bans in the Deep South. But two southern states, Mississippi and Arkansas have joined the portion of states that are in favor of same-sex marriage. The U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves in Mississippi stated that the state’s gay marriage ban violates the Fourteenth Amendment because it violates the rights that same-sex couples are guaranteed according to the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. In Arkansas, Judge Kristine Baker also issued a similar ruling to Mississippi’s Judge Reeves’s ruling. His ruling states that clerks could not issue gay marriage licenses until the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court decides on the ruling. That ruling would be for fourteen days. Both Mississippi and Arkansas are waiting for the pending appeal of equal marriage.
So far there are thirty-five states that have legalized gay marriage. These states have legalized gay marriage either by court decision, state legislature, or popular vote. As soon as the court appeals are ruled, Mississippi and Arkansas will become the 36th and 37th states to give equal rights to all couples according to a report done by Miranda Leitsinger.
According to page three of Judge Reeves decision, people marry for emotional support and a way to express public and private expression, religious reasons or economic and government benefits. I do believe in Judge Reeves’s decision. Any couple, homosexual, straight or anyone can and should marry. They have their own reasons to express their love and their right to marry should not be taken away. I believe that state bans on same-sex marriage is in violation of the 14th Amendment. Anyone should have equal rights to marry whomever he or she chooses to marry. The questions stated in Judge Reeves’s decision are a great idea to decide on whether there should be same-sex marriages.