Same Sex marriage debate in Missouri heats up

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(FOX) - More than 70-percent of voters in Missouri passed an amendment to the state constitution banning same-sex marriages in the state back in 2004.

The amendment reads: 'That to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman.'

But a state representative is trying to repeal that ban.

FOX's Megan Dillard spoke with people on both sides of the controversial issue.

ARROYO says: "No one chooses to be gay."

Peter Arroyo manages hamburger Mary’s in Kansas City.

Arroyo says: "Love is just something I feel you gotta take serious, and whether it’s a man or a woman, its love."

He believes the resolution state representative Mike Colona filed this week to repeal the ban on same-sex marriage in Missouri, is a step in the right direction.

Arroyo says: "There's so many gay couples that want to get married, love to just get a family started and just to have that voice in there for all of us, is sort of definitely groundbreaking in a way."

This woman feels people need to be more open to change.

"There's people that I work with that are gay that are super nice people, good friends with them. To me, if they are in a relationship and want to commit to that, they should have a right to do that."

This man says the ban stems from prejudice.

MOS 2 says: "They contribute to society as much as heterosexual people, if not more. Again, I don't see what the big deal is, why they have to ban it."

Former state representative gary dusenberg says the ban is in place because the majority of people in missouri believe:

Dusenberg says: "Marriage is between a man and a woman. That's the way things are and that's way they should be."

He served as a state representative for eight years. He says.. He's not against `liberty.`

Dusenberg says: "If you're talking about liberty, I'm a liberty guy. I think this is what this country was founded upon. Some things just don't fit that, fit in that category. This is one of them."

State rep sheila solon says republicans aren't `against` gay people.

Solon says: "We all have family members, loved ones that are gay. They are people that we love and we support."

But she too believes in upholding what the people of Missouri `voted.`

Solon says: "I doubt very seriously that that will pass in the House at least. The people of Missouri spoke on this issue. 71% of them felt that marriage should be between a man and a woman."