By Alyssa Craig
On Friday November 7, a federal judge ruled that Missouri’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. Ortie Smith, a US district judge ruled that the ban was against the due process and equal protection clause. The ruling did not go into effect right away because the case was pending possible appeals. Missouri’s democratic Attorney General, Chris Koster said that the state will appeal. This ruling occurred one day after numerous courts in other states upheld same sex marriage bans.
Jackson County has started giving same sex couples marriage licenses the same day as the ruling was announced. The first same sex couple married that day.
Missouri is not the first state to find a ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional. Many other states such as Arkansas and South Dakota have found such bans unconstitutional recently. Gay marriage is legal in 32 states and the District of Columbia.