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JACKSON, Miss. — The Attorney General of Mississippi has told clerks they can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Most clerks refused to issue certificates Friday after the Supreme Court ruled all states must recognize marriages between same-sex couples.

The refusals came after Hood released the following statement, “The Supreme Court’s decision is not effective immediately in Mississippi. It will become effective in Mississippi, and circuit clerks will be required to issue same-sex marriage licenses, when the 5th Circuit lifts the stay of Judge Reeves’ order. This could come quickly or may take several days. The 5th Circuit might also choose not to lift the stay and instead issue and order, which could take considerably longer before it becomes effective.”

Monday, The Clarion-Ledger reported Hood say his words were misinterpreted, If a clerk has issued or decides to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple, there will be no adverse action taken by the Attorney General against that circuit clerk on behalf of the State … On the other hand, a clerk who refuses to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple could be sued by the denied couple and may face liability.”