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Missouri

Missouri is the 24th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on Aug. 10, 1821. Its most populous city is Kansas City, its largest metropolitan area is St. Louis, and the state capitol is located in Jefferson City.

LGBT Rights in Missouri: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions was approved by voters in August 2004. Missouri law does not address discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Missouri’s hate crimes statutes explicitly address both sexual orientation and gender identity. Missouri has no laws limiting the rights of individuals to adopt children, and there are no explicit prohibitions against second-parent adoption.

Current challenge to Missouri’s same-sex marriage ban: Barrier v. Vasterling

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Missouri public schools insurer to offer coverage to same-sex spouses, families

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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EducationPlus' Cooperating School District Insurance Trust currently provides insurance benefits to 16,000 school employees, retirees, spouses and dependents in 26 area school districts. [...]

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Judge rejects GOP lawmakers’ motion to intervene in Missouri gay marriage case

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Missouri
A judge has rejected an attempt by the Missouri General Assembly’s GOP leadership to stop Kansas City from recognizing same-sex marriages from other states. [...]

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Boone County, Mo., workers in same-sex marriages eligible for survivor benefits

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Missouri
Boone County, Mo., employees who are in legally recognized same-sex marriages are now eligible for survivors benefits. [...]

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Kansas City, Mo., moves to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

Monday, December 8, 2014
Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City leaders are fighting back against a Missouri legislative effort to stop the city from recognizing legal same-sex marriages performed in other states. [...]

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Friends suspect Kansas City man was killed because he was gay

Monday, December 8, 2014
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Dionte Greene was many things. Son. Brother. Father to twin daughters. Long-standing member of Kansas City’s Marching Cobras. He was also gay. [...]

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Missouri AG files notice to appeal same-sex marriage ruling to 8th Circuit

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Attorney General Chris Koster (D-Mo.)
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster on has filed notice that he will appeal a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Same-sex couple takes divorce case to Missouri Supreme Court

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Missouri Supreme Court in Jefferson City, Mo.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An attorney for a man seeking a divorce from his husband argued Wednesday before the Missouri Supreme Court that the state should dissolve the union, even though the state constitution doesn't allow same-sex partners to wed. [...]

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Missouri GOP lawmakers seeking to appeal same-sex marriage ruling

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's Republican legislative leaders are seeking to appeal a court ruling requiring officials to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and House Speaker Tim Jones have filed a motion asking to intervene in a Jackson County court case... [...]

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ACLU files lawsuit against Ozark, Mo., fire district for denying spousal benefits

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Capt. Andrea “Andi” Mooneyham
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri has filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Ozark, Mo., fire department captain seeking spousal benefits for same-sex couples. [...]

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Springfield, Mo., school district grants benefits to married same-sex couples

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Springfield, Mo.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Married same-sex couples will be eligible for health benefits from the Springfield school district, starting Dec. 1. [...]

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