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As reported today by Progress Missourii:

Tears flowed. Blessings were proffered. There were tuxedos and white dresses; bow ties and cummerbunds. But when the four distinct ceremonies ended Wednesday night in the office of Mayor Francis Slay, one thing was the same. With kisses and embraces, four St. Louis same-sex couples had vacated their seats on the back of the marriage bus and made history.
•    AP: St. Louis challenges Missouri ban on gay marriage
•    St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Editorial: HOLY CHUTZPAH: St. Louis takes on the state's ban on gay marriage
•    Missourinet: St. Louis sets up test to Missouri's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage
•    St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Battle over same-sex marriages in St. Louis headed to court
•    AP: KC, other cities not following St. Louis challenge
•    Missouri Times: Saint Louis issues marriage licenses to gay couples, vows to fight state ban

MO Attorney General Koster says he supports marriage equlaity but is required to defend state's ban in court.

 Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he personally supports gay marriage but will defend the state's constitutional ban against it. Koster's comments Thursday come a day after St. Louis officials issued marriage licenses to four gay couples. Koster said he is seeking an injunction preventing St. Louis officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples because local officials should not be acting in conflict with state laws.
•    AP: Koster backs gay marriage but fights it in court
•    Missourinet: Attorney General issues statement regarding same-sex marriages in St. Louis

Originally posted to Lefty on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 08:27 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kossacks for Marriage Equality, Kansas & Missouri Kossacks, and Milk Men And Women.

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  •  Koster is in a forced position (7+ / 0-)

    He made a lot of appearances today saying that his duties as a state officer do not reflect his personal views, and that he still holds out hope that the state issue will eventually be resolved the other way.

    That's a tough bag for him.... but he's handling it in a pretty effective way I think.

    The ruling in the 10th Circuit which impacts Kansas (but still on hold) is a sign that this is a forgone conclusion, but there will be plenty of kicking and screaming until it's all over.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle
    Follow @tmservo433

    by Chris Reeves on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 09:02:41 PM PDT

    •  Holder was also supposed to defend DOMA, but (3+ / 0-)
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      kfunk937, merrywidow, AnnieR

      He didn't. Can't Koster do the same?  
      Our AG in Utah takes his orders from the Mormon church. But it would be amazing if other AGs followed Holder and just quit fighting the inevitable.

      "Americans don't understand that terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution. Terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism."

      by snoopydawg on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:19:46 AM PDT

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      •  That's the difference between fed and state (3+ / 0-)
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        kfunk937, duckhunter, AnnieR

        In some states and definitely at the fed, the attorney general can make those decisions as long as the governor or president backs them. Kosher office has all control through the very republican state legislature.  

        His decision to take to the air and say/ I think this is wrong and I'm being compelled to do this is more effective here

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle
        Follow @tmservo433

        by Chris Reeves on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 05:06:14 AM PDT

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  •  What amazes me is... (0+ / 0-)

    this is St.-fucking-Louis. I was only there once, and yes, it was quite a while ago, but I was unimpressed by the RW billboards all over the city.

    Delighted that things have changed somewhat.

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:05:03 AM PDT

    •  Changed? What the fuck are you talking about? (4+ / 0-)
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      HeyMikey, nota bene, AnnieR, skrekk

      St. Louis has always been solid blue. Without us, and KC, Jim Talent would be senator, not Claire McCaskill.  

      Things are changing faster here than in much of the country.  The city and county have both passed anti-discrimination laws.  St. Louis is also one of the highest ranked LGBT friendly cities.  It's pretty fabulous:

      As the home of one of the Midwest’s largest PrideFests, St. Louis is proud to be selected as one of the entries in the book, 50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live and is equally proud to have been named one of Advocate magazine’s top 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) friendly cities. So enjoy your visit with us and take advantage of everything St. Louis has to offer!
      Sad that you allowed billboards to spoil your visit.

      My sig line sums up the situation here.

      The worst thing about St. Louis is Missouri.

      by duckhunter on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 09:14:17 AM PDT

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    •  political geography note (2+ / 0-)
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      St. Louis City and KCMO are easily the most liberal areas of the state.

      We've got RW billboards all over the state, just like RW radio is all over the AM dial from coast to coast. Doesn't necessarily reflect the aggregated opinion of the locals.

      This just in.....Generalissimo Francisco Cantor is still a lame duck.

      by nota bene on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 09:55:59 AM PDT

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  •  Ooooh, he's gonna GET IT!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    The blowback from this is going to be amusing, they'll probably have him up on charges and the Court's ruling will come out in the middle of it...

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 04:14:36 AM PDT

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