County employees that participate in the County Employees’ Retirement Fund (CERF) that are legally married (including same-sex couples) are now entitled to retirement benefits. There are 111 counties that participate in CERF that covers over 10,000 participants in Missouri. The only three that do not are Jackson County, St. Charles County, and St. Louis City.
More than 3,000 Missourians signed a petition that was delivered today to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, urging him to not appeal U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith’s landmark ruling that found Missouri’s marriage ban to be unconstitutional.
A group of faith leaders, couples and community leaders from Show Me Marriage gathered at the Old Post Office in St. Louis, Missouri at 10am to present the petition signatures and ask Attorney General Chris Koster to stop his legal appeal, so that all Missourians have the freedom to marry.
On November 7, a federal judge ruled that denying the freedom to marry to same-sex couples is unconstitutional, a landmark victory for the Show-Me state. Loving same-sex couples who have waited years - even decades – could soon, finally, have the freedom to marry in the state they call home.
Clergy and Judges that are available to perform marriages in St. Louis City and St. Louis County and Jackson County are as follows:
***Update, as of November 7, Jackson County is issuing marriage licenses as well.
On November 5, 2014, St. Louis City’s Circuit Court Judge Rex Burlison ruled Missouri’s marriage ban unconstitutional. This is the second historic win for Missouri in the court this year, following the Barrier decision this past September. While PROMO celebrates the extension of marriage benefits to Missourians in St. Louis City, we eagerly anticipate Attorney General Chris Koster’s appeal of this decision which will pave the way for marriage recognition across Missouri.
A total of 75 faith and clergy leaders in Missouri have come together to say, “I support the marriage of ALL Missourians.” The 75 clergy and faith leaders represent a wide range of denominations from across the state of Missouri.
Join us on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse to hear exactly why marriage recognition matters. The court will hear oral arguments in the landmark marriage Missouri case earlier in the day.
We recognize this is on Rosh Hashanah and we hope our friends can join us in celebrating the New Year!
Speakers include National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry Marc Solomon, ACLU of Missouri, Mayor Sly James, PROMO, Human Rights Campaign - Kansas City, and plaintiff couples from the case.
A new study authored by Williams Distinguished Scholar, M.V. Lee Badgett; Williams Gleason Kettel Summer Fellow, Justin M. O’Neill; and Williams Senior Counsel, Christy Mallory; states that extending marriages to same-sex Missouri couples could generate 36 million dollars in revenue for Missouri’s economy. As it stands, same-sex Missouri couples are traveling to other states that do not have a marriage ban for same-sex couples.
On June 26 of this year, St. Louis City issued marriage licenses to four couples following ceremonies performed in Mayor Slay’s office. Despite Missouri’s constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples passed in 2004, Sharon Carpenter, previous St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds, courageously complied and issued the couples their marriage licenses. Because of this challenge to Missouri's marriage ban, the case went to court. You can read more about the official case, 1422-CC09027, on Case.net.
While our simple statement – that we at PROMO believe marriage could be a reality for Missourians by next summer – seemed simple and obvious enough to us working closely on the issues, following the courts, or just following the news, for that matter, the vast majority of the population hasn’t been following this progress nearly as closely.
The director of a leading Missouri gay rights group says same-sex marriage will probably come to the state within a year.
A.J. Bockelman, director of PROMO, made the prediction in an email to supporters Friday. He also said it is possible a sexual orientation and gender identity non-discrimination act will become law within a year as well.