State judges in Missouri would be barred from enforcing the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic ruling that legalized marriage for same-sex couples nationally, under a proposed constitutional amendment in the state legislature.
According to Gavel to Gavel, the measure would prohibit decisions by state judges upholding Obergefell v. Hodges. The measure’s language states:
“That to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman, regardless of any court decision to the contrary. Any court decision, including Obergefell v. Hodges, 135 S.Ct. 2584 (2015), purporting to strike down marriage, as provided in this section, is unauthoritative, void, and of no effect.”