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Catholic worker fired after her same-sex marriage became public sues diocese

| Thursday, July 17, 2014
In this April 22, 2014 photo Colleen Simon fills an order for a family of seven at the food pantry of St. Francis Xavier in Kansas City, Mo.
A parish food pantry worker who was fired over her marriage to another woman sued the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on Thursday, the latest in a growing number of clashes over gay rights between Roman Catholic leaders and their employees nationwide. Colleen Simon, 57, said the diocese and the parish where she worked knew she was married ...

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ACLU files second lawsuit challenging Missouri same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, June 27, 2014
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is being challenged by a second lawsuit filed in Kansas City. The lawsuit was filed by attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses last week by the Jackson County recorder of deeds.

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St. Louis Archdiocese condemns city for issuing same-sex marriage licenses

| Friday, June 27, 2014
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ST. LOUIS -- The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis is condemning a city move challenging Missouri's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage by issuing marriage licenses to four gay and lesbian couples. The diocese issued a written statement calling the city decision a violation of "the laws of our state (that) disregard(s) the laws of nature."

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Mo. AG says he supports marriage equality, but will defend state’s ban

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
Attorney General Chris Koster (D-Mo.)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he personally supports marriage equality but will defend the state's constitutional ban against same-sex marriage. Koster’s comments Thursday come a day after St. Louis officials issued marriage licenses to four same-sex couples.

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Four same-sex couples issued marriage licenses, wed in St. Louis

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
Four same-sex couples married in St. Louis, Mo., on Wednesday evening are (from left): Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett;  Karen “Mima” Davis and Miranda Duschack; Richard Eaton and John Durnell;  and Tod Martin and David Gray.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay announced Thursday that marriage licenses were issued to four same-sex couples by St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter on Wednesday evening, coinciding with the one year anniversary of the Defense of Marriage Act being struck down. The four couples were then married at St. Louis City Hall.

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Newspaper publisher spouts anti-gay views in response to reader’s pride query

COLIN MURPHY | Boom Magazine | Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Darrell Maurina
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. – When Janell Jackson contacted a local newspaper for information on an upcoming Pride Luncheon at Ft. Leonard Wood, a U.S. Army base in southern Missouri, the response she received was instead the anti-gay opinions of the publisher. The event in question is the June 30th luncheon where ...

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Mo. legislature adjourns without taking action on LGBT non-discrimination bill

| Friday, May 16, 2014
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The 2014 Missouri state legislative session adjourned Friday without a vote on the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA).

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Catholic Church fires woman from job feeding the hungry over her same-sex marriage

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Colleen Simon
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has fired a woman in charge of distributing food to the homeless and hungry after learning she is gay and in a same-sex marriage.

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Former Mo. GOP U.S. senator supports statewide LGBT protections

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Former U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth (R-Mo.)
With just days left before the end of Missouri’s legislative session this week, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth has come out in support of the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA).

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Mo. judge grants state’s first divorce between a same-sex couple

| Monday, May 5, 2014
Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A Boone County, Mo., judge has granted what is believed to be the first same-sex divorce in Missouri, which has a constitutional amendment against recognizing same-sex marriages.

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