The United States Supreme Court issued an important ruling in a religious liberty case and agreed to hear another major case next term, which begins the first Monday in October. Governments Can’t Discriminate Against Churches Merely Because They are…
Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Why is the "Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act" (HB 1523) needed today? Before the Supreme Court case regarding same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges), we saw states discriminate against people who…
MCPP President Forest Thigpen issued the following statement regarding the ruling by U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves which overturned Mississippi’s Constitutional provision defining marriage:
Yesterday’s rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court did NOT create a fundamental right for same-sex couples to marry. Mississippi’s laws regarding the definition of marriage are not affected by these rulings. In fact, the Court seemed to reinforce the right of states to define marriage for the purpose of their own laws.
Personhood Amendment Will Not Change Legal Safeguards for Physicians Providing Necessary Treatment to Pregnant Patients The Mississippi Center for Public Policy has received many questions about the legal implications of Ballot Initiative 26 - The Personhood Amendment. One question that…
One of the usual arguments against the death penalty is the commandment, "Thou shall not kill." On its face, that would seem to be a valid argument, but it's not. First of all, the command is given to individuals, not…
At my church, we sometimes sing a song entitled, "Give thanks with a grateful heart." At first blush, that seemed redundant to me. How can you give thanks without a grateful heart?
Mississippi’s budget woes would not be nearly as severe if marriage still had the prominence it once did in the state, according to Forest Thigpen, president of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy (MCPP). His comments were based on a study released today in Washington, DC, that estimates the cost of divorce and out-of-wedlock childbearing on federal, state, and local budgets. The landmark study, entitled “The Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing,” is the first scholarly, peer-reviewed study to ever estimate the cost of “family fragmentation” to federal, state, and local governments.
Mississippi is known for having some of the strongest laws in the nation regulating abortions. But this year, the state House of Representatives passed a bill to repeal one of the most important of those laws – the law that requires a twenty-four hour waiting period and requires abortion clinics to provide information to women about the procedure itself, the stage of development of their unborn child, and other important information.
"State Spending Outpaces Family Income"
Family income in Mississippi has doubled over the past 20 years, with median family income growing from about $23,000 to about $46,000 per year.