A political fight about when Missouri voters will decide the same-sex marriage issue is now in the hands of the State Supreme Court. The fight pits Governor Bob Holden, a Democrat, against Republican legislative leaders. Holden wants the issue on the August ballot to halt a perceived attempt by Republicans to use it in November to attract conservative voters to the polls. Legal counsel for the Secretary of State told the Supreme Court the Governor can’t overrun the legislative process to force the issue on the August ballot. An assistant attorney general countered that those procedures are a technicality and that they should not allow the Secretary of State to usurp the authority of the Governor to decide when the issue will be on the ballot. The entire oral arguments can be heard on our Web site, Missourinet.com.

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AUDIO: Supreme Court Oral Arguments