Mid-Missouri same sex couple fight for marital rights in KC court

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COLUMBIA - Seven of 10 plaintiff couples were present in the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City for a suit fighting for Missouri's recognition of same-sex marriages performed outside the state.

One of the couples represented by the American Civil Liberties Union is mid-Missouri couple JoDe and Lisa Layton-Brinker, who made the trip for Thursday's hearing.

"We came specifically because this is our lives," JoDe Layton-Brinker said. "Our marriage is legal in the state of Iowa. As soon as we crossed the state line it was null and void."

Judge J. Dale Youngs said he would make a decision as quickly as possible following the 30 minutes of oral arguments.

Licensed psychologist David Tager said he supports "anything that allows gay marriage to move forward for civil rights."

Tager's practice is based in Columbia and does extensive work with the LGBTQ community.

"Kids growing up, when they find the person that they love and they want to marry, they don't have to fight what we're fighting for now," Lisa Layton-Brinker said.

Diane Balogh of the ACLU said a rally supporting same sex marriage is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night outside the Jackson County Courthouse.

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