city of st. louis

Sanction of same-sex marriages prompts strong reactions

A city named after the Roman Catholic Church's only canonized king of France has sanctioned same-sex marriages, which are contrary to the Church's teachings as well as to the constitution of its state.

Four couples were issued marriage certificates June 25 after exchanging vows in the office of St. Louis Mayor Francis C. Slay. Municipal Judge Joseph Murphy conducted the civil ceremonies of a female couple and three male couples. Slay took cellphone photos of the couples, according to an account on — the website of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Events to mark 250th anniversary of St. Louis

In 1762, a partnership headed by Pierre Laclede obtained permission to found a trading post near the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers.

According to "Catholic Beginnings in St. Louis," by Peter J. Rahall, one look at the bottomlands at the confluence convinced Laclede that he needed to push on to find a more suitable site. Laclede was attracted to a spot to the south, above a protecting limestone shelf along the bank. He notched several trees on the stretch of wooded land, then returned to Fort de Cartres in Illinois.

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