ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A Federal Appeals court rules that states cannot deprive people of the right to marry simply because they choose a partner of the same sex.
That ruling should help St. Louis City which has now mounted the first direct challenge to Missouri's ban on gay marriage.
A press conference at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Mayor's Office at City Hall to revealed more details on a historic event that took place Wednesday night.
Four same-sex couples were issued their marriage licenses and married in Mayor Slay's office in City Hall on June 25th.
According to our partners at the The St. Louis Post Dispatch, even with the official marriage documents from the city, the validity of the couples' unions will be in question. Voters approved a state-wide ban on same-sex marriage in 2004 and Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who enforces the state`s constitution, is expected to sue.
City officials say they plan to challenge Missouri's ban all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
Video from the ceremony provided by Macy Mehrle