More than 3,000 Missourians signed a petition that was delivered today to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, urging him to not appeal U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith’s landmark ruling that found Missouri’s marriage ban to be unconstitutional.
A group of faith leaders, couples and community leaders from Show Me Marriage gathered at the Old Post Office in St. Louis, Missouri at 10am to present the petition signatures and ask Attorney General Chris Koster to stop his legal appeal, so that all Missourians have the freedom to marry.
In the past two months, there have been several legal challenges to the 2004 same-sex marriage ban in Missouri. Last week, St. Louis City’s Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison declared Missouri’s marriage ban unconstitutional. On October 3, Missouri Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs ordered that the marriages of 10 couples must be recognized by the state of Missouri. A few days following this ruling, Attorney General Chris Koster announced he would not appeal the decision, therefore, making legal marriages recognized in Missouri.
A.J. Bockelman, PROMO’s Executive Director concluded, “We can’t leave gay and lesbian couples with so much uncertainty. If the federal decision is not appealed, Missouri will have marriage recognition once and for all.”