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Marriage and Mortgages, Missouri-Style

Ah, we love to be in the limelight, whether it's for allegedly public-pissing officials or the latest Missouri fracas to hit the national spotlight, the case of Black Jack, MO, and a family in its borders headed by an unwed couple. The situation got big play locally, of course, but now it's had a wide opening, including the March 27 edition of People magazine, referenced and commented upon in Salon. The People article cites at least three other couples who've been forced out by Black Jack's housing rules.

But c'mon! The dad's name is Fondray Loving! What could be more wholesome for a family than that?

UPDATE, 4/27/06: The Black Jack City Council will now consider a recommendation from its planning and zoning commission to allow "two unrelated individuals having a child or children related by blood, adoption or foster care relationship to both such individuals," to live in a single-family home, along with others related to either resident. Read more here.

Posted under STL in the News by Amanda Doyle on Wed., Apr 12, 2006 at 5:13 PM


I think that we as a people have become far too lax in our attitudes towards marrage. Someone needs to take a stand. It is unfortunate when a city has to remind its residents that: marrage should come before the baby. Come on people, family is the nucleus of society. Haven't you heard: "Uniteded We Stand, Divided We Fall"? If the family wants to live in Black Jack the solution is simple - get married (which you should have done without being told). Anyone who is against marrying, is against family, therefore against the society at large i.e. anti-social self-eliminating behavior.

[Posted by Nick on Mon., May 22, 2006 at 12:59 PM]

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