Legal Roundtable: Same-Sex Marriage, Red-Light Cameras, Voter IDs, Etc.
Missouri’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is being challenged by a suit filed last week in Kansas City. Eight same-sex couples living in Missouri are seeking the state’s recognition of their out-of-state marriages.
A circuit court judge called a halt to red-light camera tickets in St. Louis City last Tuesday. Three days later, he stayed the order pending an appeal. In the meantime, all fines collected will be put in an escrow fund.
The Missouri voter-ID bill (HB1073) was approved by the House committee last week. The proposed law would require voters to prove their identity with an unexpired photo ID. But until a constitutional amendment on the issue is put before voters, bills that define voter ID requirements are unlikely to pass.
In our monthly legal roundtable, host Don Marsh talked with a panel of legal experts to explain these issues and more.
The panelists included:
- Heather Cole, Senior Reporter, Missouri Lawyers Media
- William Freivogel, J.D., Director, School of Journalism; Associate Professor, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
- Mark Smith, J.D., Associate Vice Chancellor and Director, The Career Center, Washington University in St. Louis
Other topics included:
- The ongoing story of execution drugs in Missouri
- The latest on the Jack Clark-Albert Pujols case
- The Mo. Supreme Court order requiring the Archdiocese to release names
- The latest in Missouri death row inmate Reggie Clemon's appeal
- Rand Paul’s NSA suit