|Kelley Harris and Kelly Barnard tied the knot on Wednesday night at the St. Louis Recorder's Office.|
Update 2 p.m.: Jackson County began issuing same-sex licenses today. More information at the bottom of this post.
Late Wednesday afternoon, St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison declared Missouri's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, and almost immediately local couples hurried down to city hall to get hitched. But one question arose almost immediately: Does the order apply to all of Missouri, or just the city of St. Louis?
Sherry Mariea, an attorney for the Recorders' Association of Missouri, read Burlison's judgment and order, then emailed all of the organization's members with her answer: The decision only pertains to the St. Louis' recorder, and no one else in the state should be issuing same-sex marriage licenses. So far only St. Louis County is going against her advice.
"There was no mention of the ruling enjoining the state of Missouri," Mariea told Daily RFT. "Therefore, I do believe it applies only to the city."
But other lawyers, including Mike Bridges, who represents one of the four couples who married at St. Louis City Hall in June, disagrees.
"I think that it's pretty clear that it applies to the rest of the state," he said. "The plaintiff in the case was the State of Missouri, and this judgment provided so-called injunctive relief which prohibits the State of Missouri from taking a contrary position."More »