Missouri's Attorney General Chris Koster has announced the state will not be fighting the decision in landmark case Barrier v. Vasterling, which ruled that the state will recognize same sex marriages from out of state.
AG Koster released a statement Monday, and its language seems promising for Missourians supporting marriage equality. The statement reads:
The circuit court's judgment in Barrier v. Vasterling held that Missouri must recognize marriages lawfully entered into in other states. We will not appeal that judgment. 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.
A consequence of this morning's ruling by the United States Supreme Court is that gay marriage will soon be legal in as many as 30 states. At a time when Missouri is competing to attract the nation's premier businesses and most talented employees, we should not demand that certain individuals surrender their marriage licenses in order to live and work among us.
Missouri's future will be one of inclusion, not exclusion.
In the past, Koster has expressed personal support for marriage equality, but fought it on behalf of Missouri.