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Same-sex couples begin marrying in Kansas City, Missouri

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Vernon Scoville, officiates during Robert Gann, left, and John Kenny Rodricks, right, wedding at the Jackson County Courthouse Legislative Chambers, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Scoville is retired associate circuit judge for Jackson County. Same-sex marriages began occurring Friday in the Kansas City area after a federal judge declared that Missouri's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- More than a dozen same-sex couples were married Friday in the Kansas City area after a federal judge declared that Missouri's ban on gay marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. The decision, which follows a similar one earlier this week in St. Louis, means that same-sex marriage licenses now are being issued in Missouri's two...

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Many Missouri counties not granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Thursday, November 6, 2014
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Many local officials across Missouri were declining to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday, saying a court ruling invalidating the state's gay marriage ban applies only to St. Louis.

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Judge in St. Louis rules Missouri same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
April Dawn Breeden, left, places a ring on the finger of her long-time partner Crystal Peairs, right, as they are married by Rev. Katie Hotze-Wilton, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at City Hall in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- A judge in St. Louis on Wednesday ruled that Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, setting off a rush among some same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.

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St. Louis challenge to Mo. same-sex marriage ban in court

Monday, September 29, 2014
Four same-sex couples  who married in St. Louis, Mo., on June 25, 2014 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 -- An assistant Missouri attorney general argued Monday in a St. Louis courtroom that state law, backed by a vote of the people, makes it clear that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. But St. Louis City Counselor Winston Calvert countered that the state has no business treating same-sex couples as "second-class citizens."

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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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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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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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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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