Missouri Supreme Court hears argument on whether or not to grant a same-sex divorce
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Missouri Supreme Court hears argument on whether or not to grant a same-sex divorce

Date: December 3, 2014
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments on whether to allow same-sex couples to divorce despite the state not allowing same-sex marriage
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Wrap: The case centers around two Missouri men who went to Iowa to get married and have since separated.

Drey Cooley argued the case and said in the end, this case is about them and nothing else.

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Description: "The thing that needs to be remembered in this case is that this case is essentially about two individuals, no matter what avenue this court takes. It's essentially two individuals that are different than a heterosexual couple desiring to seek to dissolve their marriage who can merely walk three blocks to the courthouse and file a petition for dissolution."

Attorney General Chris Koster announced earlier this fall he would not appeal a court ruling that said Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where it is legal.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.  

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Missouri doesn't allow same-sex marriage, but that didn't stop the Missouri Supreme Court from hearing a case on whether to grant a divorce to a gay couple.
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Wrap: The two men involved in the case got married in Iowa in 2012, but separated less than a year later.  

Drey Cooley argued the case in front of the Supreme Court and said attitudes about gay marriage have changed.

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Description: "Missouri has gone from the majority position to the minority position with respect to its former position on marriage. In fact, over 35 states as of last count recognize the same-sex marital status in their states."

Earlier this fall, Attorney General Chris Koster decided not to appeal a ruling that said Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where it is legal.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.  

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The question of whether to allow same-sex couples to get a divorce in Missouri came before the state Supreme Court Wednesday
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Wrap: Attorney Drey Cooley argued the case and said there is great confusion in Missouri regarding recent same-sex marriage rulings by state and federal courts.

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Description: "There's a tremendous amount of uncertainty. In fact, maybe even greater uncertainty as we sit here today. The problem is is that we have Recorder's offices that are still not issuing marriage licenses because they want a more formal understanding from this Court."

Attorney General Chris Koster decided not to appeal a ruling from a Jackson County court that said Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where it is legal.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.


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