same-sex marriage

Same-Sex Marriage
7:10 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Missouri Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Divorce Case

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The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether the state's ban on same-sex marriage also prevents gay couples in Missouri from getting divorced in Missouri courts.

A man identified only as M.S. married his male partner, identified as D.S., in Iowa in December 2012. The couple separated in August 2013, and in January of this year M.S. filed for divorce in St. Louis County. But Associate Circuit Judge John Borbonus ruled that Missouri's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages barred him from granting the couple a divorce.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:21 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Legal Roundtable Reconvenes, Discusses Ferguson Grand Jury

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Producer's note: Join us for a special live edition of "St. Louis on the Air" at 10 p.m. Monday, following the announcement of the grand jury decision. You can listen live.

As the nation waited for the Darren Wilson grand jury decision announcement on Monday, the legal roundtable reconvened to discuss issues related to Ferguson, same-sex marriage and other legal issues.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:22 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Analysis: Missouri Could Gain $38 Million From Same-Sex Marriages

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The average cost of a wedding in Missouri is $22,343. Same-sex marriage is, at least for now, legal in Missouri. So what does that mean, economically?

Last week, a federal judge in Kansas City and a circuit court judge in St. Louis struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage. 

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LGBT Rights
4:48 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Is Likely Boon For St. Louis Wedding Industry

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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.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:08 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

What’s Changed, What’s Next For Missouri’s Same-Sex Marriage Laws

Lilly Leyh and Sadie Pierce wait to get their marriage license Wednesday at the St. Louis recorder of deeds office.
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Last week, a federal judge in Kansas City followed a St. Louis judge and struck down Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage.

“As it stands right now, marriage between same-sex couples is legal in Missouri,” A.J. Bockelman, executive director of Promo, told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Monday. Promo is a statewide organization that advocates for equality. “We have licenses being issued in St. Louis, St. Louis County and Kansas City.”

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Same-Sex Marriage
11:18 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Federal Judge Declares Missouri's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

Lilly Leyh and Sadie Pierce were the first couple in St. Louis to get their marriage license after a state court judge struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage on Nov. 5. A federal court did the same on Nov. 7
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Updated at 4:50 p.m. with comments from plaintiff Kyle Lawson.

Two days after a state judge in St. Louis came to the same conclusion, a federal judge in Kansas City has struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage.  

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:42 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

St. Louis County Decides To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses. Will Other Counties Follow Now?

Lilly Leyh, left, and Sadie Pierce were the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in St. Louis after the court decision came down.
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After Wednesday's ruling that Missouri's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, offices in St. Louis and St. Louis County have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

But so far, other counties in Missouri have expressed reluctance at issuing their own.

The Recorders' Association of Missouri, an organization that all recorders of deeds are part of, has advised recorders outside of the city of St. Louis not to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Judge Rules Missouri's Ban On Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional; Couples Step Up In St. Louis

A group of women hug at the St. Louis Recorder of Deeds office after a judge struck down Missouri's ban on same sex marriage.
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A judge in St. Louis has ruled Wednesday that Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Almost immediately, several same-sex couples made their way to City Hall to get their marriage licenses.

"The court recognizes that the freedom to marry is a fundamental right and liberty deeply rooted in the history of the United States," St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison said in his ruling Wednesday. He heard arguments in the case on Sept. 29.

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Barrier vs. Vasterling
4:12 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Koster Will Not Appeal Ruling Ordering State To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

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(Updated at 5:45 p.m. with quotes from the ACLU and additional information.)

Attorney General Chris Koster will not appeal a Kansas City judge's ruling that ordered the state of Missouri to recognize the marriage of same-sex couples who wed outside of the state. 

"Our national government is founded upon principles of federalism – a system that empowers Missouri to set policy for itself, but also obligates us to honor contracts entered into in other states," Koster said in a statement.  Missouri's future will be one of inclusion, not exclusion."

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

Legal Roundtable Previews Supreme Court Session

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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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