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ACLU to File Lawsuit on Missouri's Ban on Gay Marriage

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The American Civil Liberties Union plans to file a lawsuit over Missouri’s ban on gay marriage Wednesday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The  American Civil Liberties Union plans to file a lawsuit over Missouri’s ban on gay marriage Wednesday.

The ACLU confirms it plans to file the lawsuit in Kansas City on behalf of same-sex couples from throughout the state, and hold news conferences across the state, including a 5pm  news conference in Springfield.

If the ACLU wins its lawsuit, Missouri laws prohibiting same-sex marriage could be struck down.

In August, 2004, Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. It passed with 70 percent of the vote.
An extensive campaign in favor of the amendment was waged by the Coalition to Protect Marriage in Missouri, getting the word out at churches and events around the state.

Jeffrey Mittman, Executive Director of the ACLU of Missouri, will be in Springfield this evening to take part in the news conference.  Similar appearances are planned in
Kansas City, Jefferson City and St. Louis.


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