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Meet the First Four Gay Couples to Marry in St. Louis (PHOTOS)

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Courtesy Mayor Slay's Office
Miranda Duschack and Mimo Davis get hitched.
They're here. They're queer. And now they're married.

Gay marriage arrived suddenly in Missouri on Wednesday night when four gay couples wed in Mayor Francis Slay's office in a top-secret ceremony.

Each bride and groom knew they'd be jumping head first into a contentious and litigious public debate. By 7:30 a.m. the morning after the weddings, Attorney General Chris Koster was already asking for a temporary restraining order to stop the city from marrying more same-sex couples in violation of the Missouri Constitution.

See also: Four Gay Couples Just Got Married in St. Louis to Challenge Missouri's Ban

Despite the upcoming legal challenge, the four marriage certificates issued to gay couples Wednesday night remain valid, making those couples the only ones married in Missouri.
Meet the only four same-sex couples to be married in the Show-Me State:

John Durnell & Richard Eaton

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All Photos via Mayor Slay's Office
John Durnell and Richard Eaton.
John Durnell could hardly keep from crying Thursday morning as he addressed reporters, city staff and supporters as a newly married man.

"Knowing we are truly recognized as a married couple is truly amazing," Durnell says.
Durnell and Eaton, who have been in a committed relationship for 39 years, were the first to wed in the mayor's office. Durnell, 63, spent his career restoring and building homes, and Eaton, 75, is a retired Missouri public school educator, teacher, counselor and a retired psychologist.

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The couple has lived together in Soulard since 1981. They've volunteered with several community organizations, including Soulard Neighborhood Housing Corporation, Peter & Paul Housing Corporation, Forest Park Southeast Housing Corporation, Soulard Restoration Group, the Human Rights Commission, PROMO and the ACLU. Both are also heavily involved at their church, Lafayette Park United Methodist Church.

Keep clicking to meet three more couples.



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Robin Stewart
Robin Stewart

does this affect me?? or you (if you are not gay) .. it doesn't so with that being said.. congrats on the marriages! may you have a happy and blessed life!

John Nevettie
John Nevettie

It goes against reproductive society and the idea of 2 men having anal and oral sex as well as what 2 women have to do to have a relationship. The argument goes further to say don't stop there people who have sex with animals and/or with children will want to marry. I can't but you can go to NAMBLA's homepage (North American Man/Boy Love Association) to read Stories of Man/Boy Love. So where does it end. Elton John even said American's need to stop calling it marriage and call it a civil union.

Mike Johnson
Mike Johnson

Guys been marrying each other in prison for years...These arent the first butt slammers to tie the knot in this state lol Im sure at least one of the couples are writers from the rft...

Mike Wilson
Mike Wilson

^^Apply cold water to that sick burn.

Matt Thomas
Matt Thomas

Gay porn called. It wants the mustache back, bro...

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Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

Given our divorce rates, I don't think we straight people have a right to tell anyone what constitutes a marriage. There are more important things going on in our country to worry about like a wretched economy, failed border security, etc etc etc.

Lorrain Louise
Lorrain Louise

isn't there something "queer" about you, rick? everyone of us is a little different than the norm. and they didn't call themselves queer, the RFT did.

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

Want to be equal, yet call themselves queer.....?

Tom Baker
Tom Baker

Follow the law or change it! If not, then turn a blind eye when everyone else breaks the law!

Jenna Erickson Walls
Jenna Erickson Walls

Very happy for the Newlyweds ----------Chris Koster needs to back off and get on the "right" side of this…….

Christina Toth
Christina Toth

Congrats to the couples! Bob, chill out and try using a dictionary once in a while.

Kati Lynn
Kati Lynn

Maybe "homosexual" would have been a better term than "gay."

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Kim Berly
Kim Berly

Human rights for all between two consenting adults is a beautiful thing :).

Anthony Hargett
Anthony Hargett

Bob Stclair. I think you have some unresolved issues with your own sexuality. Good luck with that

Jonathan Alexander
Jonathan Alexander

I am!! I am going to do a photo shoot of save the date only it will be the day we move back!

Jami Isom
Jami Isom

I can't wait to marry my girlfriend. I know Illinois made it legal but didn't know Missouri made it legal. I can't wait till Monday to call the court house and ask questions.

George Culp
George Culp

Another sad day that this city, country, and world goes to hell in a basket!!!!!

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

Post script . Just a question ? Do farts smell like sex to you hairy butt hole lover's ? An a.I.d.s. stand for anal inflicted death sentence . :) since you pick an justifie picking on my religious beliefs ? Don't hide behind the bible an GET MARRIED . Your reality is flawed an broken ! Fairies .

Bob Stclair
Bob Stclair

You all just don't LISTEN ! Hide behind the FACT man an women =marriage ! For thousands an thousands of year's ! Before tella tubies ! I'm sure not no bible thumper ! But turd lovein feakel matter playing with cock jockeys need there own word ! Like civil union ? Is that so damn hard to use that ?

Denise Marie Gonzalez
Denise Marie Gonzalez

Lol ever since he's moved there I've told him that! Maybe he'll come back to Texas if I tell him enough!

Glen Mckee
Glen Mckee

Why do you want to marry a 12-year-old, and a corpse? Also, if you want to marry two people you'll need to move to Utah.

Glen Mckee
Glen Mckee

No. But I hope you fall down the slippery slope you apparently live on and break your neck.

Jonathan Alexander
Jonathan Alexander

Hahaha girl I'm getting married somewhere tropical...like Hawaii or something!

Craig R Bartl
Craig R Bartl

For the one who says there is no God. Well there must be no gravity either

Grant Ezell
Grant Ezell

Turn that frown upside down!....lol.

Doug Powell
Doug Powell

Despite what your priest might have told in the past.

Doug Powell
Doug Powell

No Ben, a 12 year old is a minor and cannot give consent.

Glen Mckee
Glen Mckee

I can't wait to marry my goat! Any day now it's gonna be legal. I'll have to divorce my cousin first though.

Ben Watson
Ben Watson

So all I need is a verbal agreement and sign of oath well 12year olds can do that so I guess that is ok

Eric Schmittgens
Eric Schmittgens

It doesn't get any more "St. Louis City" than seeing elected officials take smiling pictures while committing crimes! If they don't like the laws set in the Missouri Constitution, then maybe they need to act like grown-ups and work to change the laws.

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