In 2004, the public passed, by an overwhelming majority, Constitutional Amendment 2, which prohibits same-sex marriage in Missouri. Fast forward to today and public opinion has shifted considerably in our favor, even in Missouri.
In August 2014, PROMO with the help of Progress Missouri, ACLU of Missouri, and Freedom to Marry launched Show Me Marriage, a grassroots public education campaign to Show all Missourians that Missouri is ready for marriage equality. This site is a way to showcase same-sex Missouri couples, their families, and allies that support marriage equality.
COURT CASE I:
Filed in February 2014 by the ACLU of Missouri, Jackson County, Barrier v. Vasterling, includes ten Missouri couples seeking recognition of their out of state marriages in Missouri.
The hearing for this case was heard on September 25. On October 3, 2014, Jackson County Missouri’s Judge J. Dale Young ruled in favor of 10 Missouri couples and their freedom to marry. Any couple that has been legally married outside of Missouri will also be recognized in Missouri. This is an historic win for Missouri in the court and a step forward for marriage in the Show-Me State.
COURT CASE II:
Filed in July 2014 by the ACLU of Missouri, this case directly challenges Missouri’s statewide marriage ban against same-sex couples. On Friday November 7, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Ortrie D. Smith ruled Missouri's marriage ban unconstitutional. Attorney General Koster released a statement, shortly thereafter, stating that he WILL appeal this decision to the 8th Circuit Court. In this case PROMO is calling on Attorney General Chris Koster NOT to appeal the ruling. If it is NOT appealed this means that the marriage ban is gone and ALL Missourians have the freedom to marry.
COURT CASE III:
On June 26, 2014, St. Louis Recorder of Deeds, Sharon Carpenter, issued marriage licenses to four St. Louis couples, which were performed at the St. Louis City Hall. This civil disobedience action turned into a case called State of Missouri v Sharon Quigley Carpenter.
The hearings for this case were heard on September 29. On November 5, 2014, St. Louis City’s Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison ruled Missouri’s marriage ban unconstitutional. Marriage licenses are being issued, therefore, in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and Jackson County to ALL couples.
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