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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Missouri county says it will not defend state’s ban on same-sex marriage

| Monday, July 7, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County, Mo., will not fight a lawsuit challenging Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage. Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders tells KMBC-TV that he won’t spend taxpayer money to defend the ban, and that “it’s not the county’s obligation to defend State of Missouri actions.”

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Marriage News Watch: Victory in Ky., more hearings from coast-to-coast

| Monday, July 7, 2014
This week’s Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), recaps a big victory in Kentucky, and numerous hearings coming up from one side of the country to the other. Plus, a battle of wills and a surprise move in Colorado. And one of the Prop 8 lawyers is headed back to court — this time, as a judge...

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Marriage News Watch: Marriage wins in western states

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014
This week's Marriage News Watch report from Matt Baume at the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), features updates from Utah, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Louisiana, and Maine.

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ACLU files second lawsuit challenging Missouri same-sex marriage ban

| Friday, June 27, 2014
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage is being challenged by a second lawsuit filed in Kansas City. The lawsuit was filed by attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of two same-sex couples who were denied marriage licenses last week by the Jackson County recorder of deeds.

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St. Louis Archdiocese condemns city for issuing same-sex marriage licenses

| Friday, June 27, 2014
ST. LOUIS -- The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis is condemning a city move challenging Missouri's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage by issuing marriage licenses to four gay and lesbian couples. The diocese issued a written statement calling the city decision a violation of "the laws of our state (that) disregard(s) the laws of nature."

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Mo. AG says he supports marriage equality, but will defend state’s ban

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
Attorney General Chris Koster (D-Mo.)
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says he personally supports marriage equality but will defend the state's constitutional ban against same-sex marriage. Koster’s comments Thursday come a day after St. Louis officials issued marriage licenses to four same-sex couples.

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Four same-sex couples issued marriage licenses, wed in St. Louis

| Thursday, June 26, 2014
Four same-sex couples married in St. Louis, Mo., on Wednesday evening are (from left): Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett;  Karen “Mima” Davis and Miranda Duschack; Richard Eaton and John Durnell;  and Tod Martin and David Gray.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay announced Thursday that marriage licenses were issued to four same-sex couples by St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Sharon Carpenter on Wednesday evening, coinciding with the one year anniversary of the Defense of Marriage Act being struck down. The four couples were then married at St. Louis City Hall.

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Newspaper publisher spouts anti-gay views in response to reader’s pride query

COLIN MURPHY | Boom Magazine | Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Darrell Maurina
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. – When Janell Jackson contacted a local newspaper for information on an upcoming Pride Luncheon at Ft. Leonard Wood, a U.S. Army base in southern Missouri, the response she received was instead the anti-gay opinions of the publisher. The event in question is the June 30th luncheon where ...

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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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