Recently North Carolina added a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. A few days after, the president of the United States, Barack Obama, publicly stated that he believes that same sex couples should be able to get married. President Obama went on to state that he believes that the issue should be left up to the states, a seemingly hypocritical view if you consider that many of his policies have centered around a federally regulated United States, rather than decisions made at the state level.
Then, right on cue, Mitt Romney comes out and states that he believes that marriage is between a man and a woman. Effectively displaying the vast divide that exists on the issue of same sex marriage.
The debate is made even more lively by the fact that its future is utterly uncertain and there is seemingly no central political figure that will be able to finalize the debate with his beliefs. This is shown by Barack Obama's inability to garner enough support to change the laws to allow for same sex marriage. Difficulty in finding an answer in the immediate future is also shown by congress' and the states' inability to organize well enough to effectively combat same sex marriage supports in the political arena. When considered as a whole, there are more place embracing same sex marriage than those outlawing it. But, opponents of same sex marriage remain on an equal footing because although they have not been quite as successful of late, they still have major backers in high end positions. Thus, even though the local levels are being won over by same sex marriage supporters, the national level remains up for grabs.
As for Missouri, the issue has been spoken for. "That to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman." However, this has not stopped same sex couples from getting married in other states and attempting to use the Full Faith and Credit Clause to enforce their marriage as valid within Missouri. Others have simply had ceremonies signifying their eternal bond, though it should be noted that not having a legal marriage can leave a couple without several protections afforded to opposite sex couples.