(Editor’s note: This is the second in a five-part series about same-sex marriage in Missouri.)

As of July 9, the Newton County Recorder’s Office has not had any same-sex couples come in for a marriage license.

“Frankly, I’m glad we haven’t had any, but it’s just a matter of time before we do,” said Lenora Hyder, Newton County Recorder of Deeds.

Although the marriage license itself was not altered to accommodate same-sex couples, the application for the marriage license was.

“We had to go onto the application and change the wording from ‘bride and groom’ to ‘applicant 1’ and ‘applicant 2’,” said Hyder.

The county actually changed its marriage license application in February before the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in late June.

“We went ahead and changed it because we knew it was coming,” said Hyder.

“Honestly, I’d be offended if I had to fill out the application as a applicant and not a bride. I don’t have a problem if people cross out applicant and put bride if they want.”

She said her office has always complied with what the Supreme Court decides and will continue to do so despite any personal beliefs.

“It’s not up to us to decide if we hand them out or not,” said Hyder.


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