Missouri Joins 29 Other States Asking for SCOTUS gay Marriage Opinion
September 5, 2014

(AP) – More than 30 states have filed briefs asking the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage.

Massachusetts and 14 other states where same-sex marriage is legal filed a brief Thursday asking the justices to overturn other states’ bans on gay marriage.

Colorado and 16 other states that have banned same-sex marriage filed a separate brief asking the court to rule one way or the other to clear up a “morass” of lawsuits. Their brief doesn’t specifically ask the court to uphold their bans.

Massachusetts was joined by California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington.

Colorado was joined by Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

McCaskill, We Have a Lot of “Akin Wannbes” in Jeff City
July 1, 2013

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill doubts Missouri will change the state constitution soon to permit same sex marriage.
McCaskill told radio station WMU that”s because “there are a lot of Todd Akin wannnbes in Jefferson City. It is time that many of us are working harder to make sure Missourians realize that”.
McCaskill made the remark when asked about the new Supreme Court ruling on gat marriage and its impact on Missouri.
Any chnage may require changing the Missouri constitution. In 20004, 71% of voters approved adding an amendment stating marriage is only between a man and a woman.
McCaskill told KWMU is it unlikley Missouri’s Republican dominated legislatures would move to change the state’s laws on gay marriage.
The Democratic senator disagrees with that.
“We have no business interfering with individual freedoms that have to do with who you love,” McCaskill said.


Nixon Ducks Gay Marriage Question, Time to Talk About that in the Future
March 26, 2013

Mo. Gov. Kay Nixon in Liberty Tuesday.

Governor Jay Nixon ducked questions about whether or not he thinks Missourians have moved on the issue of gay marriage or civil unions. Missouri law states marriage should be considered as an union of man and woman.
Nixon was asked about it at a Liberty stop on the campus of William Jewel College by KMBC TV.
He was there promoting his version of Medicaid expansion.
The US Supreme Court heard two cases Tuesday dealing with the issue of gay marriage and civil unions. “I don’t know if ‘move’ is the right word” Nixon told reporters.
” I think there has been a national discussion going on this topic for several years,” the Governor said.
“And I think that discussion certainly is focused on the two court cases being argues now, probably as we speak, at the US Supreme Court,” he continued
“I could only say in the setting we’re in right now, that there is going to be plenty of time to look at what to discuss on that issue in the future”.
When pressed to say if he had moved on the issue, or had evolved on it, Nixon turned the question back to the subject he wanted to speak about.
“There will be many more opportunities to discuss that. We’re here to talk about Medicaid.”
In a statement, the Missouri gay rights group PROMO said Nixon is evolving in his views on the issue.
They point to an executive ordering preventing most state employees from being discriminated against because of sexual orientation.
Nixon said his main focus for the remaining six weeks of the legislature will be trying to expand the state’s Medicaid program.
He conceded the Republican version of Mediciad reform, which is smaller in scope that Nixon’s version, is the vehicle the legislature will use in any Medicaid effort.
” There is nothing more important in the state of Missouri right than what we’re talking about right here,” he said.
At that, the crowd broke into applause.
Then Nixon said, ” boy, right when they were clapping would have been a good time to walk away, right?”
The crowd laughed and Nixon ended his remarks.

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1st Gay Congressman to Marry, Mass. Rep Barney Frank Marrys
July 8, 2012

Rep. Barney Frank married his longtime partner, Jim Ready, in Newton, Massachusetts on Saturday evening.
Frank, 72, and Ready, 42, tied the knot at the Boston Marriott hotel in a ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, his office announced in a press release. More than 300 guests were in attendance.
Frank, who has decided not to run for re-election, is the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage.

Though he didn’t plan the wedding around his retirement, Frank has said that the timing worked out well.

“There’s an unintended benefit,” he told New York magazine earlier this year. “I want to get married. I do think, to be honest, if I was running for reelection, I might have tried to put the marriage off until after the election, because it just becomes a complication. But I did want to get married while I was still in office. I think it’s important that my colleagues interact with a married gay man.”

Akin Reacts to Obama’s Gay Marriage Anouncement
May 10, 2012

Here’s a part of GOP US Senate candidate Todd Akin’s reaction to the gay marriage announcement Wednesday by president Obama:
“The Obama administration has once again revealed its unquenchable desire to tear down the traditional family unit brick by brick. This attack on our moral values, began when this administration foisted their agenda onto our sons and daughters serving in harm’s way by authorizing gay marriages on military bases, a direct violation of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act)”.