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KC, Other Cities Not Following St. Louis Challenge

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Four same-sex marriage licenses were issued in a City Hall ceremony on June 25. Photo: Alecia Hoyt Photography

Four same-sex marriage licenses were issued in a City Hall ceremony on June 25. Photo: Alecia Hoyt Photography

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Kansas City’s mayor says he would take actions similar to that of his St. Louis counterpart on same-sex marriage if the city’s charter allowed it.

Four same-sex couples were married Thursday in St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s office to challenge Missouri’s constitutional prohibition against gay marriage. A federal appeals court in Denver ruled on Wednesday that states cannot prevent gay couples from marrying.

Joni Wickham, spokeswoman for Kansas City Mayor Sly James, says the city’s council-manager form of government prevents James from making unilateral decisions on gay marriage. Slay heads a strong mayor form of government and has the authority to take actions like those Thursday.

Officials in Springfield and Columbia say they have seen no signs of similar decisions by their municipal leaders.

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