State judge: Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages from other states

State judge: Missouri must recognize same-sex marriages from other states

[Ed. – Apparently, as indicated by the quote, the decision is based on hysterical sentiment rather than rational jurisprudence.]

Missouri must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples that were granted elsewhere, state Judge Dale Youngs ruled on Friday.

“[T]o the extent these laws prohibit plaintiffs’ legally contracted marriages from other states from being recognized here, they are wholly irrational, do not rest upon any reasonable basis, and are purely arbitrary,” Youngs wrote.

The ruling followed a hearing in September on the case, which was brought by 10 same-sex couples represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.

“Missouri has finally recognized our couples’ marriages as being no different from any other marriage,” Tony Rothert, legal director of the ACLU of Missouri, said in a statement. …

Asked for comment, a spokesperson from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office said only that the office is reviewing the ruling.

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