JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP)--Missouri voters have overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as being solely between a man and a woman and bans same-sex "marriage."
Voters in the state's primary election Aug. 3 gave the marriage amendment one of the widest victory margins in Missouri history, with 71 percent voting "yes" to the amendment defending traditional marriage while repudiating homosexual "marriage." Only one non-controversial ballot issue in 1998 earned a wider victory margin in recent history.
With a record 43 percent of Missouri voters going to the polls, 1,049,571 voted for the amendment; 432,495 against it.
The outcome makes Missouri the first -- of what could be 10 or more states this year -- to embrace an amendment to its state constitution that defines marriage as solely between a man and a woman. Read More