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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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 → ]
Jeff Roberson, APMissouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivers the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Jefferson City, Mo.

Mo. governor Jay Nixon calls for workplace protections for gay workers

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called on the state's Republican-led Legislature to pass legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Jeffrey Michael Leveque

Former St. Louis cop charged with felony harassment of LGBT couple

Friday, January 10, 2014
SAINT LOUIS -- A one-time St. Louis police officer has been charged with a felony count of "harassment motivated by discrimination to frighten or disturb another person" stemming from an incident last month in which he allegedly harassed and intimidated an LGBT couple. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)

Joint Mo. tax returns from married, same-sex couples spurs lawsuit

Thursday, January 9, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --- A lawsuit is challenging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon's order that the state accept jointly filed tax returns from same-sex couples legally married in other states. [ Read more → ]
Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.

Gay artifacts subject of new museum collection in Missouri

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
ST. LOUIS — The Missouri History Museum is on the verge of the St. Louis region's first mainstream collection of gay artifacts. [ Read more → ]

Mo. National Guard now issuing military IDs for gay spouses

Saturday, November 23, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri National Guard is processing requests from same-sex partners for military ID cards that are the gateway to accessing benefits. [ Read more → ]
Springfield, Mo.

Task force says city should not hold a public vote on LGBT rights ordinance

Thursday, November 21, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Springfield, Mo., task force recommends the city not hold a public vote on any ordinance regarding discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, saying it could create divisions and harm the city's reputation. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)

Missouri governor Jay Nixon shifts left politically

Sunday, November 17, 2013
Missourians, meet your new governor: Jay Nixon, a Democrat. Though he has long worn the Democratic label, Nixon could have easily passed himself off as a moderate Republican during his first four years as governor. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)

Mo. to accept joint state tax returns from married, same-sex couples

Thursday, November 14, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Thursday he is directing officials to accept tax returns jointly filed by same-sex couples who were legally married in other states. [ Read more → ]
Kelly Glossip (left) and Dennis Engelhard

Mo. court rules against granting survivor benefits to deceased trooper’s partner

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a Highway Patrol trooper's same-sex partner who was seeking survivor benefits after his partner was killed in the line of duty. [ Read more → ]
TwitterA high school students wears her gay-straight alliance t-shirt at a book fair in Nixa, Mo.

Mo. lawmaker upset by pro-gay shirts worn at elementary school book fair

Friday, October 18, 2013
NIXA, Mo. — A Missouri state representative said he was unhappy that two high school students were wearing gay-supportive T-shirts while working at an elementary school book fair. [ Read more → ]

Gay student disciplined after reporting roommate threatened him with a knife

Monday, September 16, 2013
WARRENSBURG, Mo. — A student at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., said he was given a letter of discipline after reporting he was the victim of anti-gay harassment. [ Read more → ]
Booking photo, Dexter, Mo., Police DepartmentDavid Mangum

Mo. man charged with spreading HIV claims 300 sexual partners

Saturday, September 7, 2013
DEXTER, Mo. — A Missouri man who told authorities he had sexual contact with as many 300 people since being diagnosed with HIV pleaded not guilty on Thursday to infecting another man with the virus, and prosecutors said more charges are expected. [ Read more → ]
Town Maps USA

Mo. town prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Nearly two months after a tougher anti-discrimination law was narrowly defeated in Kirksville, the mayor of the northeast Missouri town has changed his vote and the measure passed. [ Read more → ]
Kelly Glossip (left) and Dennis Engelhard

Mo. Supreme Court to take another look at gay partner’s survivor benefits case

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Supreme Court decision about federal benefits for gay couples has prompted the Missouri Supreme Court to take a second look at a pending case. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Gary Meier

Roman Catholic priest risks priesthood, comes out as gay in book

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
ST. LOUIS — A Roman Catholic priest in St. Louis has written a book about his life as a gay priest, a move that could risk his priesthood. [ Read more → ]

University of Missouri-Kansas City offers Pride Scholarships to gay students

Sunday, April 14, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some gay students who face financial trouble, often because of rejection from their families, are getting help from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. [ Read more → ]
Photos of Allen Mansell and Roger Gorley and their family.

Daughter of man arrested at husband’s bedside: Hospital statement is ‘absolute and utter bullshit’

Friday, April 12, 2013
LEES SUMMIT, Mo. -- The daughter of a Missouri man who was arrested after refusing to leave the bedside of his spouse at a Kansas City hospital earlier this week, is speaking out, and has called the hospital's statement of events "absolute and utter bullshit." [ Read more → ]
Roger Gorley (right) with his partner Allen.

Missouri man arrested, handcuffed, banned from bedside of sick partner

Thursday, April 11, 2013
LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. -- A Missouri man has been arrested for refusing to leave the hospital bedside of his sick partner after a family member requested that he do so. [ Read more → ]

Mo. Supreme Court hears case in denial of survivors’ benefits for gay partners

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the case that could allow same-sex partners of state employees to receive death benefits from the state's pension system. [ Read more → ]
Stacy DawsonProvided photo courtesy of Stacy Dawson.

Missouri school district to rescind prom policy that bans same-sex couples

Friday, February 15, 2013
SIKESTON, Mo. — An openly gay teen in the southeast Missouri town of Sikeston will be allowed to take his boyfriend to the prom, school district officials said Friday. [ Read more → ]
Stacy DawsonProvided photo courtesy of Stacy Dawson.

SPLC demands Mo. school ends policy banning same-sex couples from prom

Thursday, February 14, 2013
A school district in southeast Missouri is facing a threat of legal action over a policy that prohibits same-sex couples from attending prom together. The Southern Poverty Law Center on Thursday accused the Scott County Central School District in Sikeston, Mo., of discrimination and gave the district until Feb. 25 to revise the school dance policy or face a potential lawsuit. [ Read more → ]

LGBT non-discrimination ordinance passes in St. Louis County

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
CLAYTON, Mo. – The St. Louis County Council chamber was filled to capacity on Tuesday as council members voted and passed an ordinance that would include sexual orientation and gender identity in St. Louis County’s non-discrimination protections in unincorporated St. Louis County. [ Read more → ]
Mercedes M. Ayers

17-year-old Missouri teen pleads guilty to hate crime against lesbian

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- A 17-year-old Missouri teen has pleaded guilty to a hate crime charge in the July 24 beating of a local lesbian resident. [ Read more → ]

St. Louis LGBT magazine receives HRC ‘Equality In Media’ award

Thursday, September 27, 2012
ST. LOUIS, Mo — The Human Rights Campaign awarded The Vital Voice magazine its first ever “Equality In Media” award during the HRC’s “Homecoming: The 20th Anniversary St. Louis Human Rights Campaign Dinner Gala” on Sept. 22. [ Read more → ]
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