Federal Judge Strikes Down Missouri Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Federal Judge Strikes Down Missouri Same-Sex Marriage Ban

One day after the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld anti-gay marriage laws in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee, a federal judge in Missouri has ruled the same-sex marriage ban in that state is unconstitutional.

From Freedom To Marry:

Today, November 7, U.S. District Court Judge Ortrie D. Smith ruled in favor of the freedom to marry in a federal case from Missouri, striking down the state’s marriage ban and paving the way for the freedom to marry to begin in the Show Me State.

The state of Missouri could appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit – but the Attorney General and Governor, who support the freedom to marry, could also allow the ruling to stand. Stay tuned.

You can read the full ruling here.

UPDATE: Missouri Attorney General issued a statement saying the ruling will be appealed to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.