Cape Girardeau Co. now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Cape Girardeau Co. now issuing same-sex marriage licenses

MISSOURI (KFVS) - Cape Girardeau County is now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

A same-sex equality group put together a map in the days after the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

The map, created by P.R.O.M.O., or Promoting Equality for all Missourians, showed that two counties had yet to allow issuance of the licenses on June 2.  According to the map, those counties were Schuyler and Cape Girardeau counties.

As of July 6, Cape Girardeau County Recorder of Deeds Andrew Blattner says the county is issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Cape Girardeau County recorder Andrew Blattner said on the phone on Thursday afternoon that much of the delay on their end had been caused by pure logistics.

They weren't the only ones citing technical issues. Three out of the five counties on Cape Girardeau County's border said the software contractor used to make changes faced a delay associated with sheer volume of work orders.

Most of the counties in Missouri run on such a system, and each of the 144 have made very similar requests of the contractors in the last month.

Some changes however, are as simple as the wording on the physical forms.

In Perry County, County Clerk Jared Kutz said their solution was simple; they have deemed it legal to simply cross out a former clause of the Missouri State Constitution which defined marriage as being between a man and a woman.

"Regardless of political leanings," Kutz explained, "or how the change will come about... this SCOTUS ruling that was decided on Friday is now the law of the land. Every county has different requirements and standards they hold themselves to as far as making legal changes like this, and that's why we're seeing delays."

Kutz said the physical forms do cost the county a sizable dollar amount to produce, and they plan on using up what they have left to save money.

Counties across the country still have three weeks to comply with the supreme court's decision.

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