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ST. LOUIS – Over 3,100 petitions were delivered by community leaders, married same-sex couples and clergy to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster’s office at the Old Post Office downtown, Wednesday morning. The signatures from thousands of Missourians from across the state urged Koster to not appeal the federal marriage decision by U.S. District Court Judge Otrie D. Smith from Friday, November 7.

 

Koster, who was not in office today, said he will appeal the ruling to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The petition drive was spearheaded by Show Me Marraige and PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization, on Friday.

 

“We can’t leave gay and lesbian couples with so much uncertainty," said A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO. "If the federal decision is not appealed, Missouri will have marriage recognition once and for all.”

 

Approximately 150 same-sex couples have been married in St. Louis City, County and Jackson County, Missouri since last week’s marriage equality victories in Missouri v. Jennifer Florida and Lawson v. Kelly declaring the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

 

On Oct. 3, a Kansas City Circuit court weighed in on Barrier v. Vasterling ruling that same-sex couples married out-of-state must be recognized by the state of Missouri. While Koster did not seek an appeal in the case, he later appealed Missouri v. Jennifer Florida to the Missouri Supreme Court while letting same-sex marriage proceed in St. Louis.

 

Missouri’s Amendment 2, which defines marriage in Missouri as between one man and one woman, was approved by 71 percent of voters in August 2004.

 

Same-Sex marriage is currently legal in 32 states and the District of Columbia.

 

Koster has stated previously that while he personally supports marriage equality he will defend state law.

 

The full petition can be read here: http://bitly.com/1tIIH50

 

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