ST. LOUIS — The Archdiocese of St. Louis is condemning a city move challenging Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage by issuing same-sex marriage licenses to four couples.
The diocese issued a written statement calling the city decision a violation of "the laws of our state (that) disregard(s) the laws of nature."
Four gay couples married Wednesday during a City Hall ceremony. The city decision was an intentional effort to force state courts to overturn the constitutional ban passed by state voters a decade ago.
Attorney General Chris Koster said he supports gay marriage but will uphold the state ban in court.
The archdiocese statement said the Catholic church can "love a person (without) accepting all their behaviors" but "sex is to be reserved for marriage" between a man and woman.