Ten years after Missouri voters passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages, a judge in Kansas City today ruled that Missouri must honor the vows of same-sex couples married out of state.
ACLU of Missouri The victorious couples on the courthouse steps.
In his order and judgment, Jackson County Judge J. Dale Youngs wrote that the lawsuit the couples filed against the state boiled down to this: "Under the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Missouri, must defendants recognize out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples that were legal in the jurisdictions in which they were contracted -- just as it recognizes all similarly valid out-of-state marriage licenses? The answer is yes."More »