St. Louis Challenges Missouri's Ban on Gay Marriage
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- 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.