Rep. Andy Gipson (R-Braxton) is an attorney and Baptist pastor. And in her report in the Clarion-Ledger, Analysis: Gipson wields influence, Emily Wagster Pettus says he is one of the most influential lawmakers in the state.
As the chairman of the House Judiciary B Committee, he was influential in a number of bills including House Bill 585 (improve efficiency and costs of the state’s criminal justice system) and House Bill 1400 (banned abortion at 20 weeks). He helped push through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Senate Bill 2681) in spite of all the opposition.
Gipson is a notably vocal opponent of gay rights since President Obama changed his stance on gay marriage in 2012. He has remained a staunch opponent of gay rights even with calls for his resignation and the other pressures associated with taking a Biblical stand on a range of issues.
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