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Massachusetts's ruling on same-sex marriages won't affect Missouri, lawmakers say

November 18, 2003
By: Christine McCarty
State Capital Bureau

A recent Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that declared the state's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional won't affect Missouri law, according to some lawmakers. Christine McCarty has the story.

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Missouri lawmakers say state law contains a statute which says that a marriage can only be a union between a man and a women. The Chairman of the House's Judiciary Committee Richard Byrd says that the Massachusetts ruling won't lead to same-sex marriages.

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Contents: If someone wanted to sue in Missouri, it is very doubtful they would be successful in forcing Missouri to allow same-sex couples to be married in the state.

Even though the Massachusetts ruling won't have an affect on Missouri, a Missouri gay rights group -- PROMO -- says that this is still a victory for their community. From the state Capitol, I'm Christine McCarty.

Date:11/18/2003

By: Christine McCarty

State Capital Bureau

Some Missouri gay rights groups say that a Massachusetts Supreme Court ruling that declared the states's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional is a victory for their community but won't affect Missouri law. Christine McCarty has the story.

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Some Missouri gay rights activists say the Missouri legislature is clearly opposed to same-sex marriages. Jeff Wunrow, executive director of PROMO -- a gay rights group, says that the Massachusetts ruling won't affect Missouri but it is good news for their community.

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Contents: It may not have much of an impact here in Missouri except that anytime any governmental body acknowledges what gay and lesbian couples mean to one another, they treat us the same as heterosexual couples, it's a victory for all of us.

Even though Wunrow says that this ruling is positive, some Missouri lawmakers say that it is doubtful that Missouri will allow same-sex couples to be married in the state. From the state Capitol, I'm Christine McCarty.