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Same-Sex Marriage in Missouri

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In August, 2004, voters in Missouri overwhelmingly approved a state amendment to the constitution banning same-sex marriage.

Text of Amendment:

"Section A. Article 1, Constitution of Missouri, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 33, to read as follows: Section 33. That to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman."
Source: Office of the Missouri Secretary of State

Missouri State Law on Marriage:

451.022. 1. It is the public policy of this state to recognize marriage only between a man and a woman.

2. Any purported marriage not between a man and a woman is invalid.

3. No recorder shall issue a marriage license, except to a man and a woman.

4. A marriage between persons of the same sex will not be recognized for any purpose in this state even when valid where contracted.
Source: Missouri Revised Statutes

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