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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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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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Mo. Hispanic business community supports LGBT non-discrimination bill

| Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Missouri's Hispanic business community is coming out in support of a proposed statewide LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination bill.

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Kansas City, Mo., adopts resolution calling for statewide LGBT protections

| Friday, March 7, 2014
Kansas City, Mo.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The city council in Kansas City, Mo., on Friday voted in favor of a resolution calling for an end to statewide discrimination against the LGBT community by supporting the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA).

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University of Missouri-Kansas City offers Pride Scholarships to gay students

| Sunday, April 14, 2013
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some gay students who face financial trouble, often because of rejection from their families, are getting help from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Daughter of man arrested at husband’s bedside: Hospital statement is ‘absolute and utter bullshit’

| Friday, April 12, 2013
Photos of Allen Mansell and Roger Gorley and their family.
LEES SUMMIT, Mo. -- The daughter of a Missouri man who was arrested after refusing to leave the bedside of his spouse at a Kansas City hospital earlier this week, is speaking out, and has called the hospital's statement of events "absolute and utter bullshit."

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Chely Wright’s LIKEME organization to open LGBT center in Kansas City

| Friday, March 9, 2012
Chely Wright
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The LIKEME Organization, founded by out country music artist Chely Wright, will host a grand opening on Saturday for its Lighthouse LGBT community center in Kansas City, it what the group hopes will be the first of several LGBT community centers across the Midwest.

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