Supreme Court's ruling on Defense of Marriage Act could affect Missouri
Updated On: Jun 26 2013 06:55:36 PM CDT
Gay rights activists in Missouri saw today's DOMA decision as a huge step forward.
Now, couples in Missouri can receive federal benefits, but they will still not receive any state benefits.
A couple can get married in one of 11 states and the District of Columbia where same-sex marriage is legal, but Missouri will not recognize the marriage.
Many residents who spoke to ABC 17 News said the Supreme Court's ruling is unlikely to change Missouri's reaction to same-sex marriage. They cited the conservative majority and religious beliefs as reasons why same-sex marriage wouldn't be made legal in the state.
Laura Swinford of Progress Missouri said, "There are a lot of steps that we have to go through before we get gay marriage and you know what, of course I hope that we get there."
ABC 17 News reached out to several lawmakers to see if marriage equality would be an issue in the upcoming session, but none returned phone calls.
Missouri is one of 37 states that does not recognize gay marriages.
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