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Senate gives first round-passage to gay marriage ban

February 24, 2004
By: Zack Ottenstein
State Capital Bureau

Missouri lawmakers debate gay marriage.

Zack Ottenstein has more from the state Capitol.

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The hottest topic in the country made its way to the Missouri Senate Tuesday.

Lawmakers added their two cents on a constitutional amendment making only marriages between a man and a woman valid in Missouri.

Senator Matt Bartle says allowing same sex marraige could open the door to more legal battles.

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Missouri is only one front in the battle over same sex marriage.

President Bush is now calling for an amendment to the federal constitution that would ban same sex marraige nationwide.

From the state Capitol, I'm Zack Ottenstein.

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Lawmakers bicker over same sex marraige.

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The debate in the Senate today (Tuesday) centered around one of the hottest topics in the country, when a proposed amendment to define marriage as solely between a man and a woman came in front of lawmakers.

The Amendment's sponsor, Sen. Sarah Steelman, attempted to justify the proposal to Sen. Joan Bray.

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If the proposal makes it through the legislature, voters would make the final decision on the ballot.

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The Missouri Senate gave preliminary approval to a constitutional ban on same sex marriage.

Zack Ottenstein has more from Jefferson City.

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Some opponents of the ammendment say it doesn't go far enough. They tried to expand the ammendment so that civil unions from other states would be invalid in Missouri.

But they were unable to broaden the proposed ammendment.

Senate democratic leader Ken Jacob says the plan would leave the state open to legal battles.

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The ammendment faces several more votes in the legislature. It's expected to pass, but the public will have the final say, because any change to Missouri's constitution requires voter approval.

From the state Capitol, I'm Zack Ottenstein.

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The Missouri Senate has given first round approval of a ban on same sex marriages.

Zack Ottenstein reports from Jefferson City.

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Opponents expressed fear the proposal was incomplete because it did not address civil unions.

But that was not enough to stop preliminary passage of the bill.

Sen. Ken Jacob says not addressing civil unions is leaving the door open for a legal battle like last session's conceal and carry bill.

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A similar ammendment is pending in the House. If the plan makes it through the legislature, it still needs approval from voters.

From the state Capitol, I'm Zack Ottenstein.