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PROMO Helps Launch Missouri Marriage Equality Website

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A participant holds a rainbow flag during the gay and lesbian pride parade. (Photo by AFP/Getty/PEDRO ARMESTRE)

A participant holds a rainbow flag during the gay and lesbian pride parade. (Photo by AFP/Getty/PEDRO ARMESTRE)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Gay marriage in Missouri – it is not on the ballot, there is no campaign, and it’s all in the hands of judges, but marriage equality advocates are launching a public awareness effort at showmemarriage.com.

The project, founded by PROMO, Progress Missouri, ACLU of Missouri and Freedom to Marry organizations, showcases same-sex Missouri couples and tracks Missouri court cases involving gay couples.

“I anticipate that we will see Missouri go for marriage at some point in the relatively near future,” says A.J. Bockelman, executive director of PROMO, a statewide LGBT equality advocacy group.

Opinions are changing, he says.

“We have data that shows that even Republicans have moved considerably on marriage,” Bockelman says.

Three of Missouri’s court cases are pending and specifically about marriage, and another relates to the recognition of joint federal tax returns.

Bockelman says shomememarriage.com tracks the progress of the four court cases, but it also gets personal.

“We’ll have individual stories about why specifically marriage matters,” he says. “So if it’s an inheritance-based issue or a parental-rights based issue, we’re going to highlight that kind of stuff within this site.”

Bockelman says he expects one of the court cases will wind up overturning the marriage ban.

Testimony in the first case, out of Kansas City, Mo., that involves eight couples from across the state, begins in September.

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