Brett Blume (@brettblumekmox)

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It was all smiles, hugs and tears of joy Wednesday night when four same-sex couples got married at St. Louis City Hall.

But leaders of the Catholic Church are not happy with the groundbreaking ceremony.

Archdiocese officials have released a statement saying they’re disappointed and disheartened with the city’s decision to issue the licenses.

“It is disheartening to see our wonderful city, named after the great Catholic civil leader St. King Louis IX, so eagerly cast aside the laws of our state and disregard the laws of nature,” the statement reads.

David Gray and Tod Martin were issued a same-sex marriage license at City Hall on June 25. Photo: Alecia Hoyt Photography

David Gray and Tod Martin were issued a same-sex marriage license at City Hall on June 25. Photo: Alecia Hoyt Photography

It’s something that Mayor Francis Slay anticipated, but won’t be swayed by.

“I want St. Louis to be the sort of diverse and open place in which all familiesgay and straightchoose to live, be creative and build businesses,” Slay says.

In its statement, the Archdiocese says those who are “strugging with same-sex attraction” should “be loved with respect, compassion and sensitivity.”

However, they condemn same-sex marriage as violating the laws of man and nature.

Tod Martin was one of those who got married Wednesday night at City Hall. He says it’s this kind of discrimination he’s been fighting his entire life.

“When we were in school, it was not okay to be gay, it wasn’t accepted to be out where we grew up,” he says. “Today, you see junior high kids and high school kids willing to come out, confident in who they are, and that’s happened in only 30 short years.”

The city will not issue any more same-sex marriage licenses until the legal battle with the state over its constitutionality has been resolvedsomething that could be 12 to 18 months away.

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