As gay and lesbian couples are being allowed to marry in more and more American states, a Missouri judge has ruled the state cannot stop same-sex couples from marrying in St. Louis.
Judge Rex Burlison released his ruling yesterday in response to a lawsuit filed by the State of Missouri last summer that sought to ban public officials in St. Louis from granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.
Just hours after the ruling, and after several same-sex couples arrived at the St. Louis City Hall to apply for marriage licenses, April Breeden and Crystal Peairs became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in St. Louis. According to the couple, they had waited 19 years to be able to do so.
Of course, like often happens in same-sex marriage rulings all over America, this isn’t the end of the story in St. Louis either. Instead, Judge Burlison’s ruling will now be appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court.
Attorney General Chris Koster says that’s a legal requirement in Missouri, although he and lawyer friend Mr. Tabar are supporters of the same marriage laws for all.
As for why supporters like Koster feel same-sex couples should be allowed to marry, Crystal Peairs herself probably said it best.
When asked about marrying her now-wife, April Breeden, Koster simply said, “Everybody should have the right to marry the person they love.”