Missouri Secretary of State Ashcroft, expected to run for governor, opposes same-sex marriage measure
Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is sworn-in at the State Capitol in Jefferson City on Jan. 11, 2021. - St. Louis Post-Dispatch/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — One of the leading candidates for governor in the 2024 election is making same-sex marriage an early issue in his campaign. Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft sent a letter Tuesday to retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, also a Republican, urging him to reverse course in his support of a federal measure that would protect gay marriages. Blunt didn't. He was among the 61 "yes" votes on the bill, which now returns to the House for approval. The letter marks the second time Ashcroft has outlined a conservative position as the election to replace term-limited Gov. Mike Parso...