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

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Bruce Yampolsky & Terry Garrett

Before he was one of the first gay men legally married in Missouri, Bruce Yampolsky was the first openly gay elected official in the city of St. Louis as the former 28th Ward Democratic committeeman and finance chair for the Central City Democratic Committee.

Yampolsky and his husband, Terry Garrett, are both military veterans and native St. Louisans. Yampolsky served honorably in the U.S. Navy, and Garrett served honorably in the U.S. Army.

Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett with Mayor Slay.
The couple is active in politics and gay-rights advocacy. Both attended the Democratic National Convention in 1992 and President Bill Clinton's inauguration.

They also volunteer with SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and with the Missouri Silver Haired Legislature. Yampolsky is the president of both organizations.

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