State Laws and Legislation

Missouri Marriage/Relationship Recognition Law

Licenses marriages for same-sex couples? No.

Honors marriages of same-sex couples from other jurisdictions? No.

Missouri law states: “It is the public policy of this state to recognize marriage only between a man and a woman. … A marriage between persons of the same sex will not be recognized for any purpose in this state even when valid when contracted.”
The Missouri Constitution states: “That to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman.”

Any form of statewide relationship recognition for same-sex couples? No.

Citation: MO. REV. STAT. 451.022; MO. CONST., Art. I, Sect. 33.

Updated: Mon, March 12, 2007 - 11:00:48