Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is speaking out on a recent ruling striking down Mississippi's ban on gay marriage.

Late last month, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves struck down the ban, saying that the 2004 amendment to the Mississippi Constitution violates the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Reeve's temporary stay is set to expire on December 9, but the state has asked the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to block Reeve's ruling from taking effect as an appeal is pursued.

“We think it's a state's right to make those decisions, and we think this is one of them,” said Bryant, a Republican.

“What would be next? What if a federal judge decided that marijuana ought to be legal? Should we say, 'Well, it's a federal judge.' We're going to appeal that.”

He continued: “I think it's a constitutional question. Can the people of the state of Mississippi vote for a particular law in favor of it in overwhelming numbers, and can one federal judge make a decision to change that?”

Eddie Outlaw, a marriage equality supporter, told WAPT that the governor's comments show that he's out of touch with “Mississippians in general.”

“It doesn't jive for me. He's not paying attention to the will of the people in one hand, and he's also accusing federal judges of being activist judges,” Outlaw said.

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