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Gay Marriage Ban Stalls in Senate

May 10, 2004
By: Missy Shelton
State Capital Bureau

Opponents of a constitutional ban on gay marriage succeeded in stalling the bill in the senate Monday.

Missy Shelton reports.

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Those who oppose the proposal like Democratic Senator Joan Bray say it's discriminatory.

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Missouri law already bans same sex marriages.

But the sponsor of the measure Republican Senator Sara Steelman says that's not good enough.

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Earlier this year, the Massachusetts high court ruled that state's law banning gay marriage unconstitutional.

But Bray argues it's mean-spirited to put such a ban in the constitution when it's already in state law.

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But those who support the ban say it's not about discrimination.

Steelman says it's about making it clear what the state will recognize as a legal union.

She says if the state allows same sex couples to wed, what's to prevent other non-traditional unions.

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The senate has already approved a similar measure.

If the proposal receives the support of the General Assembly, voters would have the final say...It likely would appear on the November ballot.

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