In a rare display of candor, the Ferguson City Council in Missouri has issued a marriage license for an unnamed gay couple.
The decision came after city officials learned the couple, who have been married for six years, did not have the legal right to marry, according to The Associated Press.
The council issued the marriage license Wednesday, one day after they were asked to submit marriage licenses to the Department of Revenue.
A clerk was asked to verify the information.
The marriage license is a rare move for the council in a state that has historically seen little tolerance for gay marriages.
It is the latest move in a string of controversial decisions that have come in the wake of the St. Louis County police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in August.
The officer has been charged with second-degree murder.
In November, the state Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to get married in Missouri.
The St. Charles County Circuit Court in Missouri is reviewing the city council’s decision to issue the marriage licenses.