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Koster Backs Gay Marriage but Fights It in Court

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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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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he personally supports gay marriage but will defend the state’s constitutional ban against it.

Koster’s comments Thursday come a day after St. Louis officials issued marriage licenses to four gay couples.

Koster said he is seeking an injunction preventing St. Louis officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples because local officials should not be acting in conflict with state laws.

Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2004 limiting marriage to only one man and one woman.

Koster is a Democrat who is running for governor in 2016. He said in a written statement that many people have changed their minds about marriage in the past decade but that it is his duty as attorney general to defend Missouri’s laws.

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