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St. Louis Mayor Defies Missouri Ban, Hosts Gay Marriages in His Office

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On Wednesday, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and other  officials challenged Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage by issuing four marriage licenses and marrying gay couples in Slay's office. 

One of the newly married couples, John Durnell and Richard Eaton, have been in a relationship for 39 years. Durnell said before the ceremony: “We hope in 20 years people don’t even think about it. We take our freedoms for granted once we achieve them.”

Slay told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“It makes me proud as a citizen and as a mayor. I, and all of us standing here, are doing this to force the issue and to get the law settled for everyone who wants to get married in the state of Missouri.”

Attorney General Chris Koster, who is charged with enforcing the state’s constitution, went to court today seeking to stop the marriages.  Although St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison denied a temporary restraining order, at a later date he will consider whether to grant an injunction.

Officials have agreed to not issue more marriage licenses to gay couples but they plan to challenge the statewide ban all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary.

Along with Durnell and Eaton, the other couples to marry yesterday were David Gray and Tod Martin, Miranda Duschack and Karen Davis, and Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett.

Watch a video at the St. Louis Dispatch.

Missouri voters approved the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2004.

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  1. The State of Missouri will no doubt lose that case in court. Hurray for St. Louis and Mayor Slay. That's a real winner!

    Posted by: TomR | Jun 26, 2014 2:07:45 PM


  2. Ah, more anarchy from the Libs. When the law doesn't suit your political agenda, just disregard it. That's the Liberal way.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 26, 2014 4:22:43 PM


  3. True patriots! This is exactly what our fore-fathers envisioned when crafting our Constitution. We the People...!!! This mayor recognizes injustice and takes steps to correct it, kudos!

    Posted by: Kenneth | Jun 26, 2014 4:53:38 PM


  4. Ah Rick, you lose again. Don't worry, though. We'll teach your children and grandchildren that you were a bigot.

    Posted by: plinx | Jun 26, 2014 5:34:53 PM


  5. Rick: haven't you somewhere else to vomit?

    Posted by: Perry | Jun 27, 2014 3:52:57 PM


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