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U.S. Rep. Vicki Hartzler frowns on Jackson County judge’s gay marriage ruling

Only one member of Missouri’s congressional delegation reacted publicly to Friday’s gay-marriage ruling by a Jackson County judge.

Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, a Republican, said Saturday she was “deeply disappointed” in the opinion from Jackson County Judge J. Dale Youngs.

“I am deeply disappointed that a judge has overturned the will of the Missouri people by striking down the state’s constitutional amendment recognizing marriage as a union of one man and one woman,” Hartzler said in a statement sent to reporters.

“Missouri citizens overwhelmingly approved this amendment with 71 percent of our citizens supporting it.

“I look forward to this ruling being appealed to the United States Supreme Court and the right of Missouri citizens to make decisions regarding marriage policy being upheld.”

Youngs ruled that the state of Missouri must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who have wed in states and countries where such marriages are legal.