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Missouri “Courage Scholarship” raises $12K in 12 Days for LGBT, ally students

Monday, July 27, 2015
The donations and support will fund two annual Courage Scholarships that will acknowledge, affirm, and reward the courage of a graduating senior from Salem High School, and a graduating senior from another part of Missouri.
The scholarship has raised 1K for each month the Missouri county voted to mourn traditional marriage -- receiving donations from across the country and as far away as Brazil. ...

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HIV-positive St. Louis County man accused of deliberately exposing people (UPDATED)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Robert Smith apparently met with an undercover detective and sought to have sex, denying that he was HIV-positive.
Police claim Robert Smith used Craigslist and other social media to contact "potential victims." ...

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Salem, Mo. Native Counters Anti-Gay Flag Vote with LGBT Scholarship

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Jacob Wilson, a 2004 graduate of Salem High School, thought of the idea of a scholarship for Dent County teens after reading the news reports last night.
In reaction to the Dent County Commission's decision to fly flags "below half-staff in "mourning" over the legalization of gay marriage, Jacob Wilson created a $1,000 "Courage Scholarship" to be granted to a graduating high school senior who "has demonstrated ...

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Dent County Commission votes to ‘mourn’ same-sex marriage

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Dent County Commissioner Gary Larson said the Supreme Court's decision is "just one step backward."
The commission plans to lower the flags below half-staff on the 26th of each month for a year, running from July to June. ...

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Same-sex marriage ruling raises issues for Kansas, Missouri

Saturday, July 11, 2015
The ACLU said conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's statements on the issue have been "equivocal at best."
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the nation, Kansas and Missouri legislators face debates next year over religious objections proposals and expanding their state's anti-discrimination laws to protect gays and lesbians. ...

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2 Missouri judges stop marrying after gay marriage legalized

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Dent County Commissioner Gary Larson said the Supreme Court's decision is "just one step backward."
Associate circuit judges Larry Winfrey and Steve Jackson of the southern Missouri county of Laclede say they won't be marrying anyone. ...

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Kansas, Missouri governors differ in gay marriage responses

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
Advocates on both sides of the issue and the border Wednesday noted the sharp contrast in the neighboring governors' responses in the form of executive orders the day before. ...

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Missouri governor orders state agencies to implement same-sex marriage ruling

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday announced he has issued an executive order mandating all state government agencies comply with last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. ...

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Several Missouri counties still refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Missouri
Some Missouri counties still won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite last week's Supreme Court ruling, prompting an advocacy group to threaten legal action Wednesday to force compliance. ...

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Missouri moves swiftly to begin same-sex marriages statewide

Friday, June 26, 2015
From left, Angela Boyle and Luara Zinszer take a photograph after they received their marriage license after the Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states on Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Recorder of Deeds office at the Boone County Government Center in Columbia, Mo. Zinszer and Boyle are Boone County's first same-sex couple to receive their marriage license. Missouri was one of the states affected by Friday's ruling.
Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision Friday to legalize same-sex marriage - upending Missouri's constitutional ban on the practice - same-sex couples in the state applied and were granted marriage licenses. ...

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