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02/25/04

Same Sex Marriage Ban Sparks Support And Opposition

After two failed marriages to straight women, Nathan Adams of D'Iberville chooses to live gay and single. Other people, he says, should have the right to marry who they want.

"We've never been given the chance to marry and yet they say we're an affront to the straight marriage, to the Christian morality and all of this. How can we be an affront when we've never been given a chance to do anything."

Adams says the high divorce rate in this country tarnishes the image of traditional marriage between men and women.

"They say 'oh, it's this moral ground... you're going to break down the moral fiber of the United States.' That's ridiculous."

Adams supports the idea of each state, not Congress, addressing the same sex marriage issue. He says President Bush needs to worry about other things besides a Constitutional amendment banning it.

"I don't know if he's going to be successful in winning the election, let alone winning the amendment. I don't think the amendment can go through, I don't think it has a chance in the world."

One member of the clergy isn't sure either if Congress should have a say in the gay marriage issue.

Reverend Harold Roberts of the Church of the Redeemer says, "When I marry a couple in Mississippi, the license comes from the state of Mississippi. If that's what the state wants to do, that's up to them."

But one lawmaker says the courts are forcing action from the states and the federal government.

"They're trying to basically regulate through litigation, instead of interpret laws. They're actually trying to put things on the books which is in our legislative domain, so I think it actually needs to be done on the state level as well as the federal level," says Senator Billy Hewes of Gulfport.

President Bush may have a tough time getting a Constitutional amendment passed. Thousands of amendments have been proposed since 1789, but only 27 have actually passed to become law.

byMarcia Hill

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