ST. LOUIS — The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis is condemning a city move challenging Missouri’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage by issuing marriage licenses to four gay and lesbian couples.
Four same-sex couples were married Wednesday a City Hall ceremony. The city decision was an intentional effort to force state courts to overturn the constitutional ban passed by state voters a decade ago.
Attorney General Chris Koster says he supports same-sex marriage but will uphold the state ban in court.
The archdiocese statement adds that the Catholic church can “love a person (without) accepting all their behaviors” but that “sex is to be reserved for marriage” between a man and woman.
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