Missouri urged to not appeal gay marriage ruling

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ More than 3,000 Missouri residents are asking the state to drop its appeal of a federal ruling that overturns its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Members of the Show-Me Marriage coalition delivered 3,100 petitions Wednesday to the St. Louis office of Attorney General Chris Koster. They want Koster to drop the legal challenge to a federal judge’s ruling last week that found a 2004 Missouri constitutional amendment barring gay marriage violated the U.S. Constitution.

The federal ruling came two days after a similar decision by a state judge in St. Louis. Koster has said he personally supports gay marriage but is pursuing the appeals to clarify the legal uncertainty.

St. Louis, St. Louis County and Jackson County are issuing same-sex marriage licenses, but officials elsewhere are not.