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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Mo. legislature adjourns without taking action on LGBT non-discrimination bill

| Friday, May 16, 2014
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The 2014 Missouri state legislative session adjourned Friday without a vote on the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA).

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Catholic Church fires woman from job feeding the hungry over her same-sex marriage

| Thursday, May 15, 2014
Colleen Simon
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has fired a woman in charge of distributing food to the homeless and hungry after learning she is gay and in a same-sex marriage.

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Sportscaster Dale Hansen ‘unplugged’ on Michael Sam’s late NFL draft pick

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Dallas sportscaster Dale Hansen, who made headlines in February when, after Missouri's Michael Sam came out publicly as gay, and addressed the notion that some people will be “uncomfortable” with an openly gay NFL player, revisited the topic on Monday to make note of Sam's late pick in the NFL draft.

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Former Mo. GOP U.S. senator supports statewide LGBT protections

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Former U.S. Sen. John C. Danforth (R-Mo.)
With just days left before the end of Missouri’s legislative session this week, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth has come out in support of the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA).

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St. Louis Rams pick Michael Sam in seventh round of NFL draft

| Saturday, May 10, 2014
G.M. Andrews, APMichael Sam, at the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in Mobile, Ala.
NEW YORK -- Michael Sam waited and waited. Hours passed, rounds came and went, and eventually, there were only eight more picks left on the third and final day of the NFL draft.

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Mo. judge grants state’s first divorce between a same-sex couple

| Monday, May 5, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A Boone County, Mo., judge has granted what is believed to be the first same-sex divorce in Missouri, which has a constitutional amendment against recognizing same-sex marriages.

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Fortune 500 companies voice support for Mo. non-discrimination bill

| Monday, April 28, 2014
Support for the LGBT-inclusive Missouri Non-discrimination Act (MONA) MONA continues to grow as 500 Missouri-based companies from across the state, including two of the Fortune 500, are now voicing their support for workplace protections.

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Mo. House panel mulls impeaching governor over gay couples’ tax returns

| Thursday, April 24, 2014
Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- An effort to impeach Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon over his decision to allow same-sex couples to file joint tax returns received its first public hearing Wednesday in a House committee.

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Mo. Hispanic business community supports LGBT non-discrimination bill

| Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Missouri's Hispanic business community is coming out in support of a proposed statewide LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination bill.

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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.

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