Many Missouri counties not granting gay marriages

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (AP) – Many Missouri counties are declining to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a judge in St. Louis ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

The president of the Recorders’ Association of Missouri said the group was advising county officials Thursday that the Wednesday ruling by St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison applies only there and not the rest of the state.

Association president Jan Jones said she was following that advice in Johnson County and not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Officials in another dozen counties _ including Boone, Cape Girardeau, Clay and St. Charles counties _ also said they weren’t issuing the licenses.

St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Jennifer Florida said her office had issued nearly 30 marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday.

 

^By DAVID A. LIEB=