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Court Rules Gay Marriage Vote Should be in August

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Blunt (left) wanted the issue decided in November, Holden, in August.

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – Missouri voters will decide on a proposed state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in August, not during the November general election.

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt should put the issue on the August third primary ballot as Governor Holden ordered.

Spence Jackson is a spokesman for Blunt.

"We intend to place it on the August Ballot," Jackson said. "The court didn't rule that we do so explicitly, but they did strongly suggest that we should, and we intend to comply with that suggestion."

The Missouri Democratic Party's Michael Kelley praised the decision.

"The Constitution and state statutes say the governor is allowed to decide what ballot this will be on, and he chose to do it in August," Kelley said. And the courts have now had to come in and force the Secretary of State to do his job.

Blunt is running against Holden in the Governor's race.

Some observers say a November gay marriage vote could have helped Blunt and President Bush by drawing more conservatives to the polls.

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