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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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Attorney’s letter draws rebuke in Mo. fire department’s same-sex benefits debate

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Dee Wampler
OZARK, Mo. -- A prominent Springfield, Mo., attorney has penned a letter praising a local fire department for denying health benefits to a gay firefighter's wife, saying he is tired of attempts "to cram homosexuality and lesbians down our throats." Dee Wampler sent the letter to several individuals regarding the debate of health benefits within the Ozark Fire Department...

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Report: Marriage equality would add $36 million, new jobs to Missouri economy

| Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Missouri would generate an estimated $36.3 million in spending to the state’s economy and could generate as many as 900 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data...

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Gay teachers asked to resign from Catholic school after marrying in N.Y.

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis, Mo.
ST. LOUIS -- Some graduates of a suburban St. Louis Catholic school are upset the school asked two female teachers to resign after they were married in New York. Olivia Reichert and Christina Gambaro say Cor Jesu Academy officials asked them to quit in late July after the school received a copy of a mortgage application with the couple's names. The all-girls Catholic high school...

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Mo. fire department blocked from granting same-sex spousal benefits

| Thursday, August 28, 2014
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OZARK, Mo. -- A southwest Missouri fire department that was considering extending benefits to an employee who is in a same-sex marriage has been told that the state constitution won't allow it. Last week, the Ozark Fire Department's board appeared ready to change its policy so that it could offer the benefits to Capt. Andi Mooneyham, whose out-of-state ...

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Challenge to Mo. same-sex marriage ban heads to trial

| Monday, August 11, 2014
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ST. LOUIS -- A legal challenge to Missouri's same-sex marriage ban returns to court in St. Louis. The city issued marriage licenses to four same-sex couples in June, setting up a court fight in a state where gay marriage is banned under a 2004 amendment to the Missouri Constitution.

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Missouri same-sex marriage case moved to federal court

| Thursday, August 7, 2014
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A lawsuit challenging Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage has been moved to federal court instead of state court. The lawsuit was originally filed in Jackson County by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses. Attorney General Chris Koster's office intervened in the case...

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Gay bar in rural Missouri hell bent on beating the odds

| Sunday, August 3, 2014
Norma Jean's owner, Jamie Gore poses with "Marilyn."
French Village, Mo., is a unique setting for a gay bar. The hour drive down Interstate 55 from St. Louis is a scenic trek – exiting on Highway Y, one must pass through the pastoral green and farmland along the hill-crowned blacktop to the entrance of Goose Creek Lake to reach their destination. Norma Jean’s opened its doors on Friday, July 18, 2014. It was a labor of love...

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Mo. man facing charges for sending threatening emails to LGBT publication

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Darryl L. Jackson
ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis man is facing charges and will undergo a psychiatric exam after allegedly threatening to "exterminate" those involved with a magazine for LGBT people. Darryl L. Jackson, 40, is charged with harassment motivated by discrimination to frighten or disturb another person...

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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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Former St. Louis cop gets one year probation for harassing LGBT couple

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Jeffrey Leveque
SAINT LOUIS — A one-time St. Louis police officer will spend a year on supervised probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge for harassing and intimidating an LGBT couple. Jeffrey Michael Leveque, 45, was charged with felony harassment in January after police said he and another man parked outside the home of Meg Hensley, 27, and her transgender ...

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