Gay Marriage Issue Will be Decided Tuesday in Missouri

August 1, 2004--Posted 8:00 pm CDT

Butler County, MO--The eyes of the nation will be onMissouri early this week for the state’s primary elections.  Missouri could make history this week if an item on the ballot, Amendment 2, passes.  If passed, amendment two would make “gay marriage” illegal in the state of Missouri.  The amendment would be the first of its kind in the U-S.

Over the weekend residents in favor of the amendment gathered in Butler County to prepare signs and focus on the elections.  Many local churches and politicians helped out.

Most people helping out said they were happy a hot button topic like “Gay Marriage” could be decided by the people instead of a single judge.  Cases in other states including California and Massachusetts have mostly been decided in court.

One concern for election officials is possible confusion by voters over how they should vote.  Officials say a “yes” vote means you want to change the constitution and outlaw “gay marriage.”  A “no” vote is a vote to keep the current Missouri constitution the same.