Missouri Marriage Laws

Missouri Revised Statutes 451.022 - Public policy, same sex marriages prohibited — license may not be issued.

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Public policy, same sex marriages prohibited — license may not be issued.

1. It is the public policy of this state to recognize marriage only between a man and a woman.   2. Any purported marriage not between a man and a woman is invalid.   3. No recorder shall issue a marriage license, except to a man and a woman.   4. A marriage between persons of the same sex will not be recognized for any purpose in this state even when valid where contracted.

(L. 1996 S.B. 768 § 6, A.L. 2001 H.B. 157)

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