Missouri

STATUS:

Anti-relationship recognition constitutional amendment; marriages between same-sex couples legally performed in other states are respected.

WHAT'S HAPPENING:

On October 3, Missouri Circuit Court Judge J. Dale Youngs ruled that marriages between same-sex couples legally performed in other states must be respected in Missouri. On October 6, the Missouri Attorney General announced that the state would not appeal the ruling. 

State activists are working toward fairness for all of Missouri's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in the state.

In February 2014, the American Civil Liberties Union and PROMO filed a lawsuit, Barrier v. Vasterling, in state court seeking legal respect for same-sex couples who married in other states. Two other lawsuits seek the freedom to marry in Missouri. Read more about marriage litigation in Missouri.

HISTORY:

On August 3, 2004, anti-gay forces in Missouri pushed through Constitutional Amendment 2, an anti-marriage constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage. 

GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:

  • PROMO is Missouri's statewide organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing, and community education.
  • Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.

POLLING DATA:

A large majority of Missouri residents support some form or legal respect for same-sex couples, with 33% saying they support marriage and 31% saying that gay couples should be allowed to form civil unions. (Public Policy Polling, June 2012) 

NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES:

According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 10,557 same-sex couples are living in Missouri, representing 4.4 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.

 

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