St. Louis LGBT community reacts to Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The timing of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country couldn’t have been better for supporters of the issue. The party was already planned with Pride Fest kicking off in St. Louis.

The celebration spilled into St. Louis City Hall. Mayor Francis Slay and several dozen people gathered in the rotunda to celebrate the ruling.

A few counties in Missouri have been issuing same sex couples marriage licenses since last year, but now the entire country will have to comply with the ruling.

“It’s a historic day for those of us who are gay and who may want to get married,” Christine Marks said. “We have a choice now, which we didn’t before.”

However, some religious leaders oppose the ruling.

“We have a fundamental belief about marriage that seems to not be appreciated anymore in society,” Auxilliary Bishop Edward Rice said. “I wouldn’t say we are surprised by it, but we are saddened.”

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