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ST. LOUIS, MO - #ShowMeMarriage announced today that a Sept. 29, 2014 hearing has been set for Missouri v Sharon Quigley Carpenter, the case pertaining to the issuance of marriage licenses to four St. Louis same-sex couples by the former St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds.

 

The licenses were issued by Carpenter on June 26 to force a challenge to Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage. On Aug. 11, 2014, lawyers for the city and state appeared before Circuit Judge Rex Burlison at a status hearing regarding the court case.

 
In addition to the Carpenter case, Barrier v. Vasterling was filed in February 2014 by the ACLU of Missouri in Jackson County on behalf of eight Missouri gay and lesbian couples seeking recognition of their out of state marriages in Missouri. A hearing for this case is set for September 25, 2014.

 
A third suit, Lawson v Kelly, was filed in Jackson County Circuit Court earlier this year on behalf of two same-sex couples who were refused marriage licenses. That case was moved last week to U.S. District Court, and assigned to Judge Ortrie Smith at the request of Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster because of federal constitutional questions regarding equal protection and due-process rights. 

 

Koster, who is running for Governor in 2016, has stated he supports marriage equality but will defend state law.

 
You can read more about Missouri v. Sharon Quigley Carpenter, 1422-CC09027, on Case.net.

 

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