2 Missouri judges stop marrying after gay marriage legalized

Dent County Commissioner Gary Larson said the Supreme Court's decision is "just one step backward." LGBTQ Nation


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. –– At least two Missouri judges are opting to not marry any couples following the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage between same-sex couples.

Associate circuit judges Larry Winfrey and Steve Jackson of the southern Missouri county of Laclede (luh-KLEED’) say they won’t be marrying anyone.

Codes guiding judicial conduct in the state prohibit judges from discriminating in whom they marry. That means if judges don’t want to marry same-sex couples, they can’t marry opposite-sex couples, either.

Winfrey and Jackson say they don’t want to be caught up in the “dissention” the Supreme Court decision created.

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