The 2004 session of the General Assembly has formally come to a close with House and Senate leadership signing the remaining bills to be sent to Governor Bob Holden and the gay marriage amendment sent to Secretary of State Matt Blunt for his approval before it can be sent to Missouri voters. The argument goes on over the timing of that vote, with the Governor and other Democrats insisting it be on the August ballot, and Republicans wanting in on the November ballot. Senate Leader Peter Kinder of Cape Girardeau and House Speaker Catherine Hanaway of Warson Woods say there are several reasons this should not be rushed onto the August ballot – including a concern about rushing the process of something as serious as amending the state’s constitution. The State Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday as to when the vote should be held. Two lower courts have already ruled against the Governor’s desire to have the matter settled in August.