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Mid-Missouri Counties Gear Up For Same-Sex Marriage License Applications


Two Mid-Missouri counties are prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in light of the Supreme Court’s decision last Friday to make same-sex marriage legal throughout the United States.

Although Boone County began issuing licenses that same day, some counties have yet to receive any applications. 

Cole County Recorder of Deeds Ralph C. Bray Jr. said that despite the lack of applications, the office is prepared to issue licenses immediately.

“We are still awaiting our first opportunity with a same-sex couple,” he said. “Don’t know when it will happen but you know whenever it does, we are ready and prepared for it.”

Cooper County Recorder of Deeds Nancy Fisher said her office is also prepared to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples but has not yet received any applications.

Both counties are in the process of updating the language on marriage licenses to make it more inclusive. Fisher said marriage licenses in Cooper County should be completed soon.

“Our software has not been completely updated,” she said. “But we have the paper copy of the application so we can go ahead and do it without the software being updated.