It’s hardly June, but wedding vendors in Missouri are hearing from lots of couples.
Last week both a circuit court judge in St. Louis and federal judge in Kansas City found Missouri’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional. As a result the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and Jackson County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Pat Rutherford-Pettine, owner of the The Sugaree Baking Co., said she’s done wedding cakes and pies for civil unions for many years. She’s baking her first official wedding cake for a same sex couple in Missouri this week.
Just a few weeks ago, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster was publicly exhorting Missouri Republicans to change their party’s platform, which endorses the state’s 10-year-old constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
With income tax filings already underway, opponents of same-sex marriage have gone to court to block Missouri same-sex couples from filing joint tax returns as allowed under Gov. Jay Nixon’s executive order.
The opponents, who include former St. Charles County Executive Joe Ortwerth, filed Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court to obtain a temporary restraining order to block the state from allowing the joint tax filings until the lawsuit is resolved.