St. Louis challenges Missouri ban on gay marriage

(ST. LOUIS, AP) — The city of St. Louis has challenged the state of Missouri’s constitutional ban on gay marriage by issuing four same-sex marriage licenses in a City Hall ceremony.

Four gay couples were married Wednesday in the office of Mayor Francis Slay in a civil ceremony presided over by a municipal judge.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1nH6GNn) reports that the city will stop issuing additional same-sex marriage licenses while it pursues a legal challenge to the state ban. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, in turn, is expected to sue the city.

State voters approved the constitutional ban a decade ago, making Missouri the first such state to do so.

In February, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit seeking to force Missouri to recognize the out-of-state marriages of several same-sex couples.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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