Scroll To Top
Marriage Equality

WATCH: Rachel Maddow Smacks Down States Resisting Marriage Equality

WATCH: Rachel Maddow Smacks Down States Resisting Marriage Equality


Rachel Maddow breaks down the state of equality for the leaders and county clerks in southern states still resisting the inevitable.

While same-sex couples across the South are finally able to legally wed, certain state and county officials continue to dig in their heels to try and resist the Supreme Court's Friday ruling that brought marriage equality to all 50 states.

But on Wednesday, the appellate court that presides over those states most fiercely trying to hold back the tide of marriage equality -- namely Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas -- laid down the law. And for the record, the law now declares that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry.

In a series of orders, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals directed officials in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas to abide by the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples statewide, reportsBuzzFeed News legal editor Chris Geidner.

But that doesn't mean antigay officials are willing to go quietly into that good night.

(RELATED: Bobby Jindal Has a New Way of Delaying Marriage in Louisiana)

On last night's episode of her eponymous MSNBC show, out anchor Rachel Maddow took a look at those county clerks, state judges, and governors still fighting marriage equality. Describing their response, she accurately labeled the segment "Kicking and Screaming."

"For all the kicking and screaming and heel dragging by conservative leaders in these states, this thing really is over," explained Maddow. "I mean, the orders have come down. Marriage equality really is legal in Mississippi, and in Texas and in Louisiana and in Alabama. But we are still seeing pockets of kicking and screaming."

Let Maddow break it down for you below, along with one of the attorneys who argued the landmark marriage equality cases before the Supreme Court:

Advocate Magazine - KehlaniAdvocate Channel Promotion

From our Sponsors

Most Popular

Are you ready for the Pride concert event of the year?
Don't miss “Can't Cancel Pride: The Future Starts Now,” a celebration of resilience & unity presented by IheartMedia, Procter & Gamble, and equalpride!

WATCH IT online Thursday, June 15th at 8pm ET/5pm PT at or STREAM IT on the Advocate Channel App.

This year’s event is hosted by JoJo Siwa, with a star-studded line-up that includes performances by Big Freedia, Ciara, Billy Porter, Brandi Carlile, Hayley Kiyoko, and Adam Lambert!

Latest Stories