Missouri reacts to gay marriage ruling
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The latest reaction in Missouri to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize marriages between same-sex couples (all times local):
Some Missouri same-sex couples might have to wait to obtain marriage licenses following Friday’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize those unions.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday said he’ll take necessary action to implement the ruling throughout the state.
But the court’s ruling won’t take effect immediately. Justices are giving the losing side about three weeks to ask for reconsideration.
Recorders in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas have been issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples since federal and state-level rulings overturned Missouri’s ban on the practice.
But recorders in other counties were hesitant and said those rulings didn’t apply statewide.
Recorders on Friday appeared to be taking a similarly cautious approach as the U.S. Supreme Court ruling was reviewed.
A Springfield couple who married in Iowa three years ago is celebrating Friday’s ruling.
Amanda Derham and her wife, Lori, who helped start the Springfield chapter of Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, said they were “beyond words.”
“Our 2-year-old son keeps yelling for cake because he knows it’s a celebration in this house,” Amanda Derham said. “It feels good to know we can be recognized anywhere in the states.”
The Springfield News-Leader reports (http://sgfnow.co/1Hkj0Sn ) Bishop James Johnston of the Springfield Catholic Diocese decried the ruling. He said in a statement an essential part of marriage is a physical union that could create new life.
“That is biology, not bigotry,” he wrote. “It is also much more, in that it forms the basis for a healthy, stable culture for raising children to become integrated adults and citizens.”