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.
St. Louis City Hall is now issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
During my professional career, I have experienced two major political transformations that fundamentally changed our society. Recent developments in Missouri make me wonder if we’re experiencing a similar transformation today involving gay rights — or, at least, gay marriages in Missouri.
Following Monday’s unexpected Supreme Court decision not to hear appeals over gay marriage, Julia and Regina Johnson went to the Reno County Clerk’s office to apply for a marriage license. After 16 years and six kids, it was time.
Chris Koster says state’s future will be “one of inclusion.”
A judge could rule as early as next week on the matter of same-sex marriage in Missouri.
Couples challenging Missouri’s refusal to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states say there is no public interest in denying them the same rights as married heterosexuals.