STATUS: Anti-marriage constitutional amendment
TAKE ACTION: State activists are working toward fairness for all of Missouri's families by overturning a constitutional amendment that prohibits the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in the state.
HISTORY: On August 3, 2004, anti-gay forces in Missouri pushed through Constitutional Amendment 2, an anti-marriage constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from marriage.
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- PROMO is Missouri's statewide organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality through legislative action, electoral politics, grassroots organizing, and community education.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES: According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 10,557 same-sex couples are living in Missouri, representing 4.4 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
Blog Posts Related to Missouri
In the past week, the flurry of activity around marriage litigation hasn't slowed down: Two new lawsuits were filed today, and in Texas and Nevada, big developments could translate to big wins.
Today, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon issued an executive order to the Missouri Department of Revenue that allows same-sex couples who legally married in other states to jointly file their taxes for the state of Missouri.
Yesterday, on October 31, 3013, after several years in court, the Missouri Supreme Court issued its ruling in Kelly's case. In a 5-2 decision, they declared that Kelly should not receive any of the survivor benefits.
Resources Related to Missouri
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Missouri.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".