St. Louis Challenges Missouri Ban on Gay Marriage

Thursday Jun 26, 2014
St. Louis Challenges Missouri Ban on Gay Marriage

The city of St. Louis has challenged the state of Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage by issuing four same-sex marriage licenses in a City Hall ceremony.

Four gay couples were married Wednesday in the office of Mayor Francis Slay in a civil ceremony presided over by a municipal judge.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that the city will stop issuing additional same-sex marriage licenses while it pursues a legal challenge to the state ban. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, in turn, is expected to sue the city.

State voters approved the constitutional ban a decade ago, making Missouri the first such state to do so.

In February, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit seeking to force Missouri to recognize the out-of-state marriages of several same-sex couples.

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