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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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St. Louis Archdiocese opposes hospital group’s benefits for same-sex spouses

Thursday, January 22, 2015
Mercy
Echoing concerns voiced last week by the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, the Archdiocese of St. Louis is also criticizing a Catholic-based hospital group’s plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of employees. [...]

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Springfield, Mo., bishop objects to Catholic hospital’s same-sex benefits

Monday, January 19, 2015
Bishop James Johnston
Bishop James Johnston accuses the hospital system of ignoring the church's stand against same-sex relationships because of "regulations, government funds, and fear of public ridicule." [...]

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Missouri bill would allow Christian college groups to discriminate against gay students

Monday, January 12, 2015
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
A Missouri state lawmaker wants to allow Christian groups to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation on college campuses, while still retaining all the privileges of being a school sanctioned student group. [...]

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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
Dionte-Greene
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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