State Rep. Mike Colona Seeks Repeal Of Missouri's Gay Marriage Ban

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State Rep. Mike Colona
Nearly a full decade after 71 percent of Missourians approved a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2004, an openly gay, Democratic state legislator wants to put the issue back before the people.

Yesterday, State Representative Mike Colona proposed a joint resolution to repeal the state's constitutional definition of marriage as existing only "between a man and a woman."

"I do think the time is right," Colona told Missourinet after yesterday's legislative session. However, with the General Assembly already halfway through its legislative calender, he conceded that there's virtually no chance the resolution will make it to voters this year.

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Though the measure is largely symbolic at the moment, Colona's proposed resolution, HJR 82, isn't the only recent challenge to the Missouri's constitutional definition of marriage.

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed suit against the state on behalf of eight same-sex couples who are legally married in other states. At the time, ACLU legal director Tony Rothert predicted that Missouri will likely have to mount some kind of defense of the legality of its gay-marriage ban.

"We really don't know what the state's justification is at this point for maintaining the amendment. Frankly, we don't think they have one," he told Daily RFT.

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The ACLU is suing Missouri on behalf of LeRoy Fitzwater and Alan Ziegler, and seven other couples.
Whether the combined pressures of Colona's resolution and the ACLU's lawsuit can shake the state's decade old constitutional ban also depends on ban's supporters. "Pro-family" organizations and conservative legislatures are fighting tooth and nail against any perceived recognition of same-sex unions in the state.

For months, opponents of marriage equality have loudly objected to Governor Jay Nixon's executive order to allow same-sex couples who are legally married in other states to file joint federal-tax returns here in Missouri.

Indeed, groups like the the Missouri Family Network and State Representative Nick Marshall -- who filed articles of impeachment against the governor in Feburary -- have rallied around stopping legally married couples from filing their unacceptably gay federal taxes.

"Much has changed since this discriminatory measure was passed in 2004," Colona said in a press release yesterday after filing his resolution. "Every single one of us has had friends, family and colleagues who have come out to their loved ones and been denied a basic right afforded to all of our citizens -- the right of marriage."

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billj598
billj598 topcommenter

And Divorce Attorneys are drooling and licking their chops in anticipation.  

Cat Dia Three-Thousand
Cat Dia Three-Thousand

My boyfriend assures me that marriage is "a financial agreement"... does this mean my marriage with Sallie Mae is gay? What about my agreement w/ Bank of America -- am I like gay hetero poly?

Michelle Sheppard
Michelle Sheppard

Actually Zach Wieberg God only rejects people who hate and judge HIS children

James Madison
James Madison

Propose that Missouri get out of the marriage business altogether. Civil unions for all. Let the churches conduct marriages as they see fit. There is no reason for the State to be in the marriage business. Governments should treat all citizens the same: married, single, or cohabiting.

Zach Wieberg
Zach Wieberg

i hope not ban that shit everywhere it's wrong on so many levels gays are god's rejects anyway

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

oh christ. the last thing you need to report on, RFT is this. It always seems to bring the bigots out of the woodwork. we can only HOPE they would change their minds, but considering the only 2 super blue areas in our state are the 2 major cities in MO, something tells me it's not gonna happen. Crossing my fingers but not holding my breath #LGBTALLY

Mindi Elizabeth
Mindi Elizabeth

In missouri, we can f@ck animals legally but gay people can't get married. That's some real hoosier.

Jaimie Vaughan
Jaimie Vaughan

This is one issue that makes me sad to be a Missourian. Marriage Equality needs to happen!!

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

I think weed will be legal in mo. first . Let them move out first !

Robert A. West
Robert A. West

With our state legislature? Doubt it. But one can hope...

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Says the undercover assgoblin cowering in the closet

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

That's why rural asshats are known as chickenfuckers, when they are not buggering their family members that is.

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