A Missouri judge on Tuesday denied a
GOP attempt to intervene in a case which found the state's gay
marriage ban to be unconstitutional and ordered officials to
recognize the out-of-state marriages of gay and lesbian couples.
In October, Circuit Judge J. Dale
Youngs sided with 10 plaintiff couples who said that Missouri's
refusal to recognize their valid marriages was unconstitutional.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster,
a Democrat, decided against pursuing an appeal.
Late last month, Senate President Pro
Tem Tom Dempsey and House Speaker Tim Jones, both Republicans, asked
to intervene in the case so that they can appeal it to the state
“Having reviewed and considered the
submissions regarding the motion, and being in all other respects
duly advised in the premises, the Court determines that it no longer
has jurisdiction over this case,” Youngs
wrote in denying the lawmakers' request. “Accordingly, the
motion of Movant-Intervenor is DENIED.”