Sid Salter: Marriage ruling faces procedural roadblock in MS

In his ruling, Judge Reeves held that Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban violated the 14th Amendment by failing to protect individual rights against the beliefs of the majority of voters.

Given the politically-incendiary nature of the question and the fact that statewide courthouse-to-statehouse elections loom, it’s unlikely that state government will take any action on same-sex marriage until after November. State government options are rather severely limited.

What is likely — given the basic legal finality of the high court’s ruling — is a great deal of political posturing by those on both sides of the debate. While the legal question is now settled law from a federal standpoint, the political question will likely continue to roil.