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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Hundreds of Mo. businesses voice support for statewide LGBT protections

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – More than 450 Missouri-based companies from across the state, including two of the Fortune 500, are now voicing their support for the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA), which was introduced in both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly in February. [ Read more → ]
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

Mo. Senate panel considers bill to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination

Thursday, April 10, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri senators heard conflicting testimony Wednesday on whether it makes good business sense to grant legal discrimination protections to people based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Judge Jon Beetem

Mo. judge refuses to issue order halting joint tax returns from same-sex couples

Friday, April 4, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri judge on Friday denied a request for a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit challenging Gov. Jay Nixon's directive allowing legally married same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns. [ Read more → ]

Mo. court considers joint tax filings from married, same-sex couples

Thursday, April 3, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Officials don't know whether any same-sex couples have filed joint Missouri tax returns since Gov. Jay Nixon directed the Revenue Department last fall to permit it for those legally married in another state, a state attorney said Thursday in court. [ Read more → ]
Mike Colona

Mo. lawmaker introduces bill to repeal state’s ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, March 27, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri state lawmaker has introduced legislation to repeal the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]

Mo. court asked to block joint tax returns from married, same-sex couples

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Opponents of same-sex marriage have asked a Missouri court to block Gov. Jay Nixon's order that the state accept jointly filed tax returns from same-sex couples legally married in other states. [ Read more → ]
L.G. Patterson, APMissouri defensive lineman Michael Sam, center, dances as he jokes with teammates during pro day for NFL football representatives Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Columbia, Mo.

Michael Sam in spotlight at Missouri’s pro scouting day

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Michael Sam certainly draws a crowd. Scouts from more than 30 NFL teams, fans and media packed Missouri's training facilities Thursday to watch the former Tigers defensive end and 14 of his former teammates at the school's annual pro day. [ Read more → ]
Chase Martinson

Gay student says Baptist school denied readmission after he came out

Thursday, March 20, 2014
HANNIBAL, Mo. — An honors-caliber college student says he was denied readmission to a northern Missouri Baptist school after he came out as gay in a Facebook post back in December. [ Read more → ]
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

Mo. House committee hears testimony on LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination bill

Thursday, March 13, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A Missouri House Committee on Thursday heard testimony on the proposed Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA). The bill, HB 1930, would sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Statute, which currenlty prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of race, biological sex and familial status. [ Read more → ]

Judge upholds Mo. law limiting time, distance of funeral protests

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A federal judge has upheld a Missouri law requiring protesters to stay at least a football-field length away from funeral sites, beginning an hour before they start until an hour after the services end. [ Read more → ]
Kansas City, Mo.

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

Friday, March 7, 2014
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). [ Read more → ]
Alex Brandon, AP

Religious freedom bills: The latest effort to counter advances in marriage equality

Friday, February 28, 2014
WASHINGTON – Religious freedom bills in more than a dozen state legislatures this year mark the latest effort by opponents of same-sex marriage to counter the growing public acceptance of marriage equality, and the momentum of federal court rulings striking down state gay marriage bans. [ Read more → ]
St. Louis, Mo.

St. Louis schools to add spousal benefits for married, same-sex couples

Friday, February 28, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The St. Louis public school system has implemented changes to their employment benefits to include coverage for married, same-sex spouses. [ Read more → ]
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.

Mo. lawmakers introduce ‘right to refuse service’ religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — While Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer deliberates the fate of her state's anti-gay religious freedom bill, legislation was filed on Monday in the Missouri Senate that would allow Missouri business owners to cite religious beliefs as a legal justification for refusing to provide service. [ Read more → ]

Michael Sam just wants to be known as a football player whose sexuality isn’t news

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Michael Sam needed no introduction. He provided one anyway, subtly spelling out his desire to be known simply as a football player whose sexuality isn't a national story... [ Read more → ]
LGBT rights advocates gather at the Missouri state capitol on on Feb. 19 for Equality Day.

LGBT rights advocates gather at Mo. capitol to lobby for statewide protections

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Show Me State’s annual Equality Day was held at the state capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday, where dozens of LGBT and allied Missourians lobbied state lawmakers to support the Missouri Nondiscrimination (MONA) and Safe Schools Acts, which were recently introduced in both chambers. [ Read more → ]

Fans give Michael Sam standing ovation at Missouri basketball game

Saturday, February 15, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Michael Sam received a standing ovation when he appeared on the arena video boards during Missouri's basketball game against Tennessee on Saturday. [ Read more → ]
Colin Murphy for LGBTQ NationA Westboro Baptist Church member protests Michael Sam's coming out.

Students form human wall to block Westboro Baptist protest at Mizzou

Saturday, February 15, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, home of the anti-gay extremists behind the “Gods Hate Fags” and “God hates the World” fundamentalist movement, on Saturday protested the coming out of Missouri football player Michael Sam outside Mizzou Arena on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)

Missouri governor supports repealing state’s same-sex marriage ban

Thursday, February 13, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday that he supports ending Missouri's same-sex marriage ban and thinks voters should have a chance to repeal an amendment to the state constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. [ Read more → ]

ACLU files suit against Mo. for not recognizing same-sex marriages

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
ST. LOUIS -- The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to force Missouri to recognize same-sex marriages performed in places that allow them, saying the state's refusal to do so "undermines the couples' ability to achieve their life goals and dreams." [ Read more → ]

ACLU to challenge Missouri ban on same-sex marriage

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The American Civil Liberties Union plans to file suit challenging Missouri's treatment of same-sex marriages, an ACLU spokeswoman said Tuesday. [ Read more → ]
L.G. Patterson, AP"Sam" is spelled in the snow on the north side of Missouri's Memorial Stadium, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 in support of Missouri's All-America defensive end Michael Sam, in Columbia, Mo. Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Sam came out to the entire country Sunday night, Feb. 9, 2014, and could become the first openly gay player in America's most popular sport.

Mizzou officials applaud Michael Sam’s ‘courage’

Monday, February 10, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Michael Sam first revealed he was gay at one of the football team's get-acquainted dinners last summer. The next day, Sam told the entire team. [ Read more → ]
Michael Sam

Michael Sam’s coming out: Tolerance is about to be tested in the NFL

Monday, February 10, 2014
Tolerance is about to be tested in the National Football League. And Michael Sam hopes his ability is all that matters, not his sexual orientation. Missouri’s All-America defensive end came out to the entire country Sunday night and could become the first openly gay player in America’s most popular sport. [ Read more → ]
Nick Marshall

Mo. lawmaker seeks to impeach governor over tax filing policy for gay couples

Thursday, February 6, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A Missouri House Republican wants to impeach Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon over the acceptance of joint tax returns from legally married same-sex couples. [ Read more → ]
University of Missouri-Kansas City

UMKC to host annual LGBT, ally student conference

Friday, January 31, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The University of Missouri-Kansas City expects to host more than 2,500 college students from across the country next week for the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference. [ Read more → ]
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