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From Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster (D):

June 26, 2014

AG Koster issues statement on St. Louis same-sex marriages

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today issued the following statement related to the St. Louis Recorder of Deeds issuing marriage licenses to several same-sex couples:

“While I personally support the goal of marriage equality, my duty as Attorney General is to defend the laws of the state of Missouri. While many people in Missouri have changed their minds regarding marriage equality, Missourians have yet to change their constitution.

“Cases currently pending in Jefferson City and Kansas City regarding the constitutionality of Missouri’s ban against same-sex marriage will be decided in the coming months. Regardless of my personal support for marriage equality, such vital questions cannot be decided by local county officials acting in contravention of state law.

“Therefore, I have asked the St. Louis Circuit Court to prevent the St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds from issuing such marriage licenses until this matter can be resolved by our state’s judiciary. This question will likely be fully answered by our Missouri courts within the next 12-18 months.”

[emphasis added]

Some people didn’t read the whole thing.

Representative Vicky Hartzler (r) is besides herself with joy, via Twitter:

Rep. Vicky Hartzler ‏@RepHartzler

I applaud MO AG Chris Koster for standing up for the people of MO & our Constitution re: marriage. Politicians can’t circumvent laws. 8:38 AM – 27 Jun 2014

Uh, those individuals will probably have standing to take this to court and hasten the demise of your artifact of bigotry infesting the Missouri Constitution.