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Church and State Mixing Over Same Sex Marriages

May 8, 1996
By: Kimberly Lohman
State Capital Bureau

Some Missouri senators are using religion to deny the validity of homosexual marriages. Kimberly Lohman reports from the state capital.

Story:Kimberly Lohman
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M-U Law professor Carl Esbeck argues that current Missouri statutes do not effectively prohibit same sex marriages. Esbeck has written a number of publications dealing with church-state relations. Republican Senator Peter Kinder referred to Esbeck's argument when he suggested same sex marriages threaten the Judeo-Christian tradition of marriage between man and woman.

Actuality:Peter Kinder
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Contents: [136K WAV file - Kinder uses religious arguments in support of same-sex marriage ban.]

Even if religious organizations decide to bless same sex marriages in the future, Kinder says he'll still oppose them. The Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that would not recognize homosexual marriages.

From Jefferson City, I'm Kimberly Lohman.

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