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Missouri Supreme Court Set to Hear Gay Marriage Case

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, Mo. – The top elected officials in Missouri are accusing each other of ignoring the law.

That comes as the state Supreme Court prepares to decide a timing question, for an election on the proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.

The high court will hear arguments Tuesday on whether the gay marriage vote should occur in August, or whether it must wait until as late as November.

Governor Holden wants the earlier date, while November is preferred by Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt.

A November general election vote is believed by political observers to hurt Democrats, because the socially conservative backers of the gay marriage ban would be likely to vote for Republicans. That includes Blunt, who's running against Holden -- and President Bush.

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