Missouri’s Republican legislative leaders are seeking to appeal a court ruling requiring officials to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
The men were married in Iowa two years ago and tried to divorce in St. Louis County, but were told the court didn’t have jurisdiction because of Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The Kansas Supreme Court has cleared the way for additional gay marriages in the state.
About 45 same-sex couples have applied for a marriage license in St. Louis County since the county started allowing it a little more than a week ago.
More than 3,000 Missouri residents are asking the state to drop its appeal of a federal ruling that overturns its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Civil liberties attorneys are telling the U.S. Supreme Court that delaying gay marriage in Kansas will harm same-sex couples and their families.
The judge said he could find no reason for the state to dictate that people of the same gender can’t be married, but he delayed the effect of his ruling while it is appealed.
He is a supporter of gay marriage, but Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he will ask the Missouri Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling this week that clears the way for gay marriage in the state.
Despite a judge’s ruling that a gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, many counties are refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Missouri’s top prosecutor has appealed a judge’s ruling overturning the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.