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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Missouri moves swiftly to implement gay marriage

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Missouri moves swiftly to implement gay marriage

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision Friday to legalize gay marriage — upending Missouri’s constitutional ban on the practice — same-sex couples in the state applied and were granted marriage licenses. The decision marks a sweeping end to the constitutional amendment enacted in 2004 to ban the […]

Missouri moves swiftly to implement gay marriage

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision Friday to legalize gay marriage — upending Missouri’s constitutional ban on the practice — same-sex couples in the state applied and were granted marriage licenses.

The decision marks a sweeping end to the constitutional amendment enacted in 2004 to ban the practice, which was approved by about 70 percent of voters at the time. The state was the first to adopt a constitutional ban following a decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Court permitting gay marriage.

Despite that history, state and local leaders moved swiftly to ensure Missouri complied with the high court’s decision. The Supreme Court gave the losing side roughly three weeks to ask for a rehearing, but University of Missouri-Kansas City law professor David Achtenberg said it’s unlikely the justices will change their minds.

Attorney General Chris Koster on Friday dropped appeals of two cases fighting the state’s ban on gay marriage, eliminating legal questions and further clearing the path for marriages for same-sex couples.

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