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Missouri Politics
10:35 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Koster Again Under Fire Over His Support Of Gay Marriage

Chris Koster
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

(Updated noon, Thursday, Oct. 9)

Although a number of Missouri’s top Republicans are blasting state Attorney General Chris Koster over same-sex marriage, it’s unclear what his critics plan to do about it.

Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, summed up the conservative predicament. “Having already disregarded the voice of the people when they amended our constitution in 2004, it is unlikely (Koster) would pay any attention to the legislature,” Dempsey said Wednesday.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:24 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Legal Roundtable Previews Supreme Court Session

U.S. Supreme Court
Credit supremecourt.gov

The U.S. Supreme Court started its new term Monday morning by announcing it would not hear petitions related to bans on gay marriage in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. 

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LGBT Rights
3:34 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Court Orders State Of Missouri To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Janice Barrier (left) and her wife, Sheri Schild, were one of the 10 couples who sued the state to have their marriage recognize in Missouri.
Credit Rachel Lippmann I St. Louis Public Radio

A Kansas City judge ruled Friday that the state of Missouri had to recognize marriages of same-sex couples that were legally married in other states.

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On The Trail
10:12 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

St. Louis' Newly Wed Gay Couples Reflect On Why Attitudes On Gay Marriage Have Shifted

Tod Martin, left, and David Gray speak at a press conference last week. St. Louis officials married the couple last week, sparking a challenge -- and public reflection -- of the state's gay marraige ban.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Tod Martin wasn’t going to let 20 words keep him from marrying David Gray.

While it took more than 20 years, St. Louis officials last week issued Martin and Gray a marriage license. They’re among eight people who are testing the state’s nearly 10-year-old, 20-word ban on gay marriage.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:36 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Missouri's Rekindled Same-Sex Marriage Fight Highlights Political Shifts

Chris Koster pressed for gay rights at state Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson Dinner this month
Credit Bill Greenblatt/UPI

(Updated 11:40 a.m. Friday, June 27)

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.

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Marriage Equality
4:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

As Illinois Rolls Out Same-Sex Marriage, Edwardsville Couple To Take Advantage

Debbie Dial and Susan Schultz of Edwardsville at a march supporting gay marriage.
Credit / Susan Schultz

Same-sex couples in Illinois will be lining up to receive marriage licenses Monday after marriage between couples who are the same gender officially became legal across the state Sunday.  

The marriage-equality bill that passed in 2013 went into effect June 1, although a judge’s ruling prompted a handful of counties to issue marriage licenses earlier than that.

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:41 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Nixon Wants Missourians To Vote Again On Same-Sex Marriage

Gov. Jay Nixon, D, speaks to the media at the Governor's Mansion on Feb. 13, 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Gov. Jay Nixon says he hopes Missourians get another chance to vote on same-sex marriage.

The Democrat made that comment Thursday in response to a reporter's question during the annual Missouri Press Association/Associated Press Day at the Capitol.  The governor said that he's in favor of repealing the 2004 constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:16 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Illinois To Become 15th State To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

via Wikimedia Commons

Will be updated further.

Updated 9:39 a.m. Nov. 6:

The final step to make same-sex marriage legal in Illinois, Gov. Quinn's signature, will come this month at a big event, Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports:

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St. Louis on the Air
3:31 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

In Depth: How Will The Court’s Gay Marriage Rulings Impact Missourians?

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Gay rights activists view the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage as a victory.

In two 5-4 decisions, the Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and effectively put to rest California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage by ruling that its supporters did not have standing to challenge a lower court’s ruling that the measure was unconstitutional.

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Politics
1:16 pm
Sat June 29, 2013

McCaskill Praises Kirkwood Train Station Volunteers

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) thanks volunteers at the Kirkwood Amtrak station on Saturday, June 29.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

 Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) cut cake and scooped ice cream during a ceremony to celebrate the volunteers who helped restore and now staff the Amtrak station in downtown Kirkwood.

“We are celebrating the best of this community, which are the kind people who decided this train station is worth saving,” McCaskill said.  “It’s now recognized as one of the best train stations in the country.”

McCaskill also read a letter of thanks from Vice President, and vocal Amtrak supporter, Joe Biden.     

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