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

| Friday, June 27, 2014
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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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Michael Sam: No issues fitting in with St. Louis Rams

| Sunday, June 8, 2014
St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam speaks to the media following an organized team activity at the NFL football team's practice facility Friday, June 6, 2014, in St. Louis.
Michael Sam is confident he'll be judged on performance. The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL said Friday there have been no issues fitting in with his St. Louis Rams teammates, no awkward moments in the locker room and that he was accepted right away. "They respect me as a human being," he said.

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In St. Louis, Michael Sam finds comfortable landing spot to pursue an NFL career

| Sunday, May 11, 2014
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NEW YORK — In St. Louis, Michael Sam might have found the perfect spot to pursue an NFL career and try to become the league's first openly gay player.

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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. 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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Gay student says Baptist school denied readmission after he came out

| Thursday, March 20, 2014
Chase Martinson
HANNIBAL, Mo. — An honors-caliber college student says he was denied readmission to a northern Missouri Baptist school after he came out as gay in a Facebook post back in December.

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St. Louis schools to add spousal benefits for married, same-sex couples

| Friday, February 28, 2014
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The St. Louis public school system has implemented changes to their employment benefits to include coverage for married, same-sex spouses.

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

| Friday, January 10, 2014
Jeffrey Leveque
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.

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