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Gay Rights Activists Rally Against Proposed Ban on Gay Marriage

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About 200 people came to the capitol today to rally for gay rights and against a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage.Missy Shelton reports.

The issue of gay marriage came before the senate last week.

Lawmakers approved a constitutional ban on same sex marriage.

Because the issue has gotten so much attention lately, Edward Reggi, a business owner from St Louis decided to come to the capitol to lobby against the proposed ban.

Reggi and the other 200 or so people who came to lobby will encounter lawmakers like Republican Representative Kevin Engler.

He's sponsoring the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage.

While opponents of the ban say it's discriminatory, Engler says that's not the point.

But that stance bothers Edward Reggi.

He says the proposed constitutional amendment makes him feel like a second class citizen.

He explains why he opposes the ban.

Missouri law already bans same sex marriage.

But in other states, most recently in Massachusetts, courts have ruled similar laws unconstitutional.

That's why Engler says it's important to put the ban in the constitution.

Any constitutional amendment requires voter approval.

Engler says he believes most Missourians would support changing the constitution.

Because the proposed constitutional ban gained senate approval last week, it now moves to the House for consideration.