Couple plans St. Louis wedding after judge lifts gay marriage ban

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MEXICO - After two years of engagement, Sheena Hughes and Kari Wasson will officially tie the knot next week in St. Louis.

The same-sex couple from Mexico made the decision last night, immediately after St. Louis Judge Rex Burlison lifted the statewide ban against same-sex marriage.

"If I love her, then I should be able to show that," Wasson said. "Whether it be a piece of paper or going to a roof top and screaming it at the top of my lungs."

Hughes said having documents won't make them feel differently but will make their relationship more official.

"It gives us the same right as everybody else," Hughes said.

Although the soon-to-be newlyweds expressed their excitement, they said this is just one step toward legalizing same-sex marriage. 

"We wouldn't have to go all the way to St. Louis if they would just go ahead and [legalize same-sex marriage throughout the state]," Wasson said. "If they would just go ahead and lift it here, I could go right down the street and get it done tomorrow. I wouldn't have to wait."

Wasson and Hughes plan to wed in St. Louis next week, but many details are still in the works. They said they will have family stand in the ceremony with them.

Wasson will take Hughes' last name.