A sheriff's department says threatening calls to a Mississippi lawmaker came from a cellphone with a New
Jersey area code.

Republican Rep. Andy Gipson of Braxton says he and his family received death threats last month after he posted Bible verses on Facebook to express his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Gipson doesn't have caller identification on his home phone, so he asked investigators to pull his phone records.

Simpson County Lt. Brian Buckley tells The Clarion-Ledger that Gipson received several calls
from the same number. Buckley says the phone records for the New Jersey number could be subpoenaed, but the calls might've been made from a disposable phone.

Gipson is an attorney and Baptist minister. He's also chairman of the Mississippi House Judiciary B Committee.

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