Petition supporting same-sex marriage given to Attorney General
SAINT LOUIS - Supporters of same-sex marriage presented a petition containing thousands of signatures to Attorney General Chris Koster Wednesday morning. The supporters urged Chris Koster not to appeal Missouri's marriage ban as unconstitutional.
Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison ruled Missouri's marriage ban unconstitutional last Wednesday. Attorney General Koster said he would not appeal the decision, following the ruling. If the ruling is not appealed, same-sex marriages would be recognized by the state.
The St. Louis judge heard arguments for the Nov. 4 ruling in late September.
The city of St. Louis issued marriage licenses in June to four same-sex couples, setting up a court case over the state's 2004 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Assistant Attorney General Jeremiah Morgan argued that 71 percent of Missourians voted for the referendum defining marriage as between a man and a woman.
The Show Me Marriage group met at the Old Post Office in St. Louis at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The executive director for a Missouri LGBT advocacy group spoke.
"We can't leave gay and lesbian couples with so much uncertainty. If the federal decision is not appealed, Missouri will have marriage recognition once and for all," A.J. Bockelman said.