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Four same-sex couples were married June 25 in the St. Louis City Hall office of Mayor Francis G. Slay. Their marriage licenses were issued by the city’s recorder of deeds, Sharon Carpenter, at Slay’s request.
In response, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit June 26 to prevent the city from issuing any more same-sex marriage licenses until the issue is resolved in the courts. The mayor’s office has agreed that the city will comply.
The couples who were married are: John Durnell and Richard Eaton; Tod Martin and David Gray; Miranda Duschack and Karen “Mimo” Davis; and Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett.
In a statement issued by Slay’s office, he said: “I did not do this lightly, or without a great deal of thought. The City counselor and a former Missouri Supreme Court justice wrote opinions to guide us. They wrote that the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land. They wrote that if the U.S. Constitution requires something that the Missouri Constitution prohibits, we have a legal duty to abide by the U.S. Constitution. And the City counselor concluded that the U.S. Constitution requires marriage equality.”
A.J. Bockelman, executive director of PROMO, which lobbies for LGBT equality in Missouri, said, “I think it’s a very bold move by Mayor Francis Slay and recorder of deeds Sharon Carpenter to basically say, ‘Show Me Marriage.’ Four couples were married yesterday in a very moving ceremony. They were married in what they consider legal marriages based on their own counsel.”
“With the news of yesterday’s same-sex marriage in Missouri, the natural implications are what this will mean for Kansas City and other cities in Missouri,” Bockelman said. “I’m not totally sure exactly what will transpire from it. There are more actions coming up in the next week, and it’s too soon to say at this point.”
Bockelman and PROMO have been spearheading the fight for marriage equality in Missouri along with the ACLU, Human Rights Campaign, Equality Missouri and other LGBT and straight allies. A lawsuit was filed in February 2014 by the ACLU challenging Missouri to recognize legal marriages from other states, on behalf of eight same-sex couples, including one from Kansas City (Jim MacDonald and Andy Schuerman).
“What we’ve seen is this constant drip, drip, drip,” Bockelman said. “We know marriage equality treatment is a basic equality issue. Equal treatment under the law. And we have a couple of elected officials who have gotten to the point where they are tired of waiting and they’ve jumped the gun and gone ahead and issued licenses. It’s up to the court systems to make a decision.”
Asked for an interview with Kansas City Mayor Sly James or a statement on the St. Louis marriages, Joni Wickham, the mayor’s director of public affairs, responded by email: “Kansas City doesn’t have the same form of government as St. Louis, so unfortunately, Mayor James doesn’t have the same authority as Mayor Slay. However, Mayor James is very supportive of gay marriage and the LGBT community (he’s a member of the Mayors for Freedom to Marry).”
Wickham explained that in Missouri, marriage licenses are granted through county governments. “St Louis is an outlier because it technically doesn’t fall inside a county,” she said.
A message sent out on James’ Twitter account states: “4 those asking, StL & KC Govs are totally different. I do not have legal ability to issue marriage licenses. Would if I could #KansasCity.”
In 2004, Missouri voters approved a constitutional amendment stating that only marriages between a man and a woman would be valid and recognized in the state.
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After the last 2 years of dealing with the pandemic and packing on those COVID pounds here are some motivational quotes that can be the spark plugs to our wellness engines. You can have a full tank of gas, a clean carburetor, all the fluids topped off, and 300 horsepower of Detroit’s finest under the hood, but you’re going nowhere without that initial spark. In your quest for well-being, you need a catalyst to move you from idle to ideal. Here are some motivational jolts to inspire you to get your health and fitness vehicle moving.
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Thomas Paine said, “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” You will have conflicts with making time for exercise each day. The treadmill will conflict with your enjoyment of the living-room couch and its fluffy pillows. Your body will engage in conflict with dumbbells and exercise balls as it seeks better health. Embrace these conflicts with excitement, and walk through the smoke and fire. Triumph is waiting on the other side.
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John F. Kennedy said, “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.” The firefighter’s 55-pound weight loss did not just happen one day on a call. The computer programmer’s success in the Chicago Marathon did not just happen on a Sunday in October. The 4th grade teacher’s significant drop in cholesterol level did not just happen the day before spring break. These people made things happen…and it took time.
Ralph Marston of The Daily Motivator website, wrote, “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.” Let today be the first day in 28 years without a cigarette. Stay an extra five minutes on the recumbent bike at the gym today. Start training today for the three-day breast cancer walk that is scheduled for the fall. Tomorrow is always waiting to see what you put in your piggy bank today. Invest wisely and watch the dividends grow.
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Jill McLemore once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars.” Set that goal to trim 75 pounds from your body. Only losing 42 pounds puts you way out there with the North Star. Aim to run 750 miles this year. Coming up 68 miles short will still put you past that former planet Pluto and on your way to the Orion constellation. Dropping eight waist sizes by Christmas instead of the projected 10 will let you glow with the luminescence of several brilliant wonders in the sky. By the way, I think there’s a full moon tonight!
Zig Ziglar stated, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Tom Cruise was another aspiring pretty face in Hollywood about 30 years ago before starting to audition for parts in TV shows. Jared Fogle was a morbidly obese college student at Indiana University in the 1990s before beginning his Subway diet. Mark Zuckerberg was just another starry-eyed Ivy Leaguer until he began to implement a social network idea. They all have that common bond: They started something.
These motivational quotes should help get your wellness engine running and once your car is started there’s no telling where your health and fitness can go. Don't forget to end me a postcard when you get there!
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“I wish I could work out, too, but I just don’t have the motivation!”
Give me a dollar for every time I’ve heard that and I’d be in Cabo San Lucas with an umbrella drink right now. Let’s identify a few of your motivations to get you on the right path. They are there … you just need to realize them so you can make it a great 2022.
How about getting healthy so you can be at that Christmas celebration in 30 years with all the family gathered around and exchanging presents? There will be nieces, nephews, brothers, sisters, children and maybe some grandchildren, all enjoying the sounds and sights of the season. That would be amazing!
How about being healthy so you can watch the first man land on Mars in 2030? You hear all the talk about preparing for a mission to Mars, but it will be a long time in coming. Just think if you were alive and well to see it happen!
How about being healthy so you can attend that 60-year class reunion? It might even be nice to walk into the function with a spring in your step and a glow of health about you! Many of your classmates will have walked past St. Peter and those pearly gates by that time, but you can give yourself a chance to stay here with some proactive measures.
How about being healthy so you can spend more time being relaxed and retired? It would be awesome to just not have to do anything you didn’t want to do! Get up every day and use that watch they gave you as a fashion accessory only. With a healthy body, you can spend ample time in the lap of leisure well into your 90s.
How about being healthy so you can walk your dog with your grandkids or great-nephews after that Thanksgiving meal many years down the road? It will be so cool to have that turkey dinner with all the relatives, but it’ll be even more fun to be able to move around without having to catch your breath between steps.
How about being healthy so you can continue to enjoy vibrant sunsets, thrilling football games, colorful leaves in the fall, summer barbecues, or birthday cards in the mail?
Everyone can find the motivation to work out! You just have to identify which motivation will get you to your starting line each day and which will help you get to your daily finish line.
There are plenty of great things to enjoy in life. Find your motivation and start earning your frequent flyer miles for your healthy life. Then soar into the future with excitement about what will be!
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