Late highway patrol trooper’s partner laments lack of legal protection

The Associated Press (Missouri)
February 1, 2010

Kelly Glossip is being denied the pension of his partner, Dennis Engelhard, a Missouri state trooper who was killed on Christmas Day. PROMO's A.J. Bockelman: "It really highlights the need for better protection for gay and lesbian couples. Same-sex couples (in Missouri) are not afforded any benefits or breaks in the law." [Link]

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Catholic Bishops Help Defeat Marriage Equality in Maine

KMOX.com
November 13, 2009
A total of 45 Catholic bishops, including many with St. Louis ties, contributed funds to the campaign supporting Maine's anti-gay Question 1, donating more than $180,000 to the effort. [Link]

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‘Kansas City Star’ Publishes Its First Marriage Announcement for a Same-Sex Couple

Editor & Publisher
July 6, 2009
The 'Kansas City Star' ended almost two months of controversy by publishing the marriage announcement of a same-sex couple this past weekend. In Sunday's "Celebrations" section, the Star ran the wedding announcement of Michael and Charles Hewitt, a gay couple from Missouri who were married in Iowa on May 17. The Star's reader representative, Derek Donovan, said, "Newspapers reflect the world around them, and there’s no reason for them to refuse an ad that simply states an objective fact. My experience tells me most readers agree." [Link]

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Same-Sex Couple’s Wedding Announcement Forces Change at Kansas City Star

Fox4KC
June 4, 2009

A metro couple didn't know or anticipate that they were making history, but their nuptial announcement led to a review and change of policy at the area's largest newspaper. (Link)

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Openly Gay Missouri Senator Marries Partner in Iowa

The Maneater
Univ. of Missouri Student Newspaper
May 7, 2009
Just days after Missouri's first openly gay state senator married her partner in Iowa, she found out her marriage could be honored in the nation's capital. Sen. Jolie Justus, D-Kansas City, and her partner Shonda Garrison wed May 1, along with 16 other couples that took a bus trip to Iowa. [link]

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Gay couples having trouble obtaining divorces

Associated Press
April 15, 2008
Gay couples had to struggle mightily to win the right to marry or form civil unions in certain states. Now, some are finding that breaking up is hard to do, too. [link]

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Same-sex breakup perplexes courts

St. Joseph News-Press
March 17, 2008
A lesbian married in Massachusetts has filed for an annulment from her partner in a Missouri court, creating a legal challenge in a state that has an anti-gay constitutional amendment. Increasingly, such cases are popping up in courts across the country, and as they do, will turn public sentiment against the “gay exception” in both marriage and divorce. “I think people in Missouri are fair, and the more they learn and hear about real couples like this and ask themselves, do they really hate gay relationships so much that they won’t let gay people out of them?” Evan Wolfson said. [link]

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One year after marriage ban, gays still seek marriage licenses in Missouri

365Gay.com
August 3, 2005
To mark the one year anniversary of the state's anti-gay marriage ban, discriminating against same-sex residents, gays peacefully line up at city halls and courthouses throughout the state, seeking marriage licenses. This peaceful protest "puts a face" to those discriminated upon who are just seeking for what is right and fair under the law. "We're committed couples. We want the same recognition that heterosexual couples enjoy. We don't want to devalue marriage, we want to enhance it." [link]

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Kerry explains support for Massachusetts and Missouri amendments

Washington Blade
September 24, 2004
"I was unbriefed and I thought it was the same amendment we had in Massachusetts... I just thought it was a simple prohibition...I just didn't know it went as far as it did and, obviously, I don't support it." [link]

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NBJC condemns discriminatory constitutional vote in Missouri

National Black Justice Coalition
August 4, 2004
"George W. Bush and his radical conservative allies are seeking to divide us on this issue...African Americans oppose discrimination in all its forms." [link]

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