Missouri’s Rekindled Same-Sex Marriage Fight Highlights Political Shifts

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is preparing to defend the gay marriage ban that is being challenged in court as a result of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s decision to marry four same-sex couples at City Hall on Wednesday night. Slay said his intent was “to force the issue and to get the law settled for everyone who wants to get married in the state of Missouri.”

Missouri’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage passed by more than 70 percent of the state’s voter in the August 2004 statewide election.

“While I personally support the goal of marriage equality, my duty as attorney general is to defend the laws of the state of Missouri,” Koster said. “While many people in Missouri have changed their minds regarding marriage equality, Missourians have yet to change their constitution.”

A political science professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis said the rapid change in the general public’s views on the matter has been stunning.

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