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Nixon Sues Blunt over Gay Marriage Amendment

Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon.
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon.


Jefferson City, Mo. – The battle over same-sex marriage is in Missouri's courts, after Attorney General Jay Nixon filed suit Thursday against Republican Secretary of State Matt Blunt.

Governor Holden, a Democrat, and Blunt are at-odds over when to hold an election on a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriages.

Cole County Circuit Judge Richard Callahan says he expects to have a decision Friday on whether Blunt must obey Holden's roclamation setting the election for the August third primary.

The alternative is the November second general election.

Holden is seeking re-election on the Democratic ticket. Blunt is the governor's main Republican challenger.

And, whatever Callahan decides, the case is expected to be appealed to the state Supreme Court.