The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 3/17/8

Both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature have passed bills dealing with marriage. But other than both having the word marriage in them – the bills have little in common.

The Senate passed new legislation that would create what are referred to as covenant marriages that would be harder to enter and to exit than a normal Mississippi marriage.

The House, as it has in recent sessions, has passed legislation to eliminate the three-day wait to get married.

The House now is considering the Senate covenant marriage proposal and the Senate is considering the House’s proposal to eliminate the wait to get married.

It appears those two marriage proposals will survive until the end of the session and, most likely, could be among the final issues settled during the 2008 session, which is slated to end April 19.