Tuesday 11 February 2014

ACLU plans to sue state over gay marriage | Springfield News-Leader | news-leader.com

Stephanie Perkins Deputy director for PROMO, a gay and lesbian advocacy group

The ACLU, on behalf of gay couples throughout Missouri, plans to sue this week for recognition of same-sex marriage.

 Stephanie Perkins, deputy director for PROMO, a Missouri gay and lesbian advocacy group, said the litigation seeks to overturn Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage.

 Couples from Kansas City, St. Louis, mid-Missouri and Springfield are included in the suit, which will be filed in state court in Kansas City.

 Charles Abernathy, spokesman for the GLO Center in Springfield, said a news conference involving the ACLU litigation has been scheduled at the GLO Center for Wednesday.

 Abernathy said that while GLO will be the venue, PROMO is taking the lead on the event.

 The litigation comes less than a month after a federal judge struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The ban is similar to Missouri’s prohibition on same-sex marriage. Missouri voters approved the ban in 2004 — 71 percent to 29 percent — the same year Oklahoma approved its ban. The bans in both states are amendments to the state constitutions.

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