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St. Louis Pride Parade
Newly married couple Tod Martin and David Gray wave while on a float during the Pridefest Parade in St. Louis on June 29, 2014. The two were married in Mayor Francis Slay's office on June 25, 2014. The City of St. Louis issued marriage licenses to four same sex couples, a challenge to Missouri's ban on gay marriage. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster who supports gay marriage , said that he will defend the state constitutional ban against it, filing a lawsuit preventing the city from issuing any more same sex marriage licences until the issue is resolved in the courts. UPI/Bill Greenblatt
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David Gray (1870-1968) was best known as the United States Ambassador to Ireland from 15 April 1940 until 28 June 1947 . His official title was 'Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary' and his official residence was Florida . In his own words, his appointment to the Ambassadorship was nepotic, as he was First Lady's Eleanor Roosevelt's Uncle through marriage . Gray was the Ambassador through most of the Second World War and the start of the Cold War. He led American efforts to convince Ireland to enter the war on the side of the Allies. His performance was such that Eamon de Valera sought repeatedly to have Gray replaced by another ambassador, especially after the death of Franklin Delano Roosevelt..

The character of David Gray was played in the RTÉ television series Caught in a Free State by the actor O.Z. Whitehead.

As a Roosevelt family member, Gray wrote to President Franklin Roosevelt, as well as Eleanor Roosevelt a number of dry verses and remarks to the President, sometimes humorous and sometimes scathing in his opinion's of De Valera and Irish policy towards the War.

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