same-sex marriage http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Opponents Seek Court Order to Block Same-Sex Couples Filing Joint Tax Returns http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/opponents-seek-court-order-block-same-sex-couples-filing-joint-tax-returns <p>With income tax filings already underway, opponents of same-sex marriage have gone to court to block Missouri same-sex couples from filing joint tax returns as allowed under Gov. Jay Nixon’s executive order.</p><p>The opponents, who include former St. Charles County Executive Joe Ortwerth, filed Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court to obtain a temporary restraining order to block the state from allowing the joint tax filings until the lawsuit is resolved.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:03:14 +0000 Jo Mannies 34755 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Opponents Seek Court Order to Block Same-Sex Couples Filing Joint Tax Returns STL Same-Sex Couples Consider Legal Implications As They Prepare To Marry http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stl-same-sex-couples-consider-legal-implications-they-prepare-marry <p><em>While same-sex couples in Missouri ponder the uncertain impact of marrying in Illinois, one St. Louis pair plans to say "I do" across the river as another heads in the opposite direction. </em></p><p>As 29-year-old Kelsi Davis of south St. Louis plans to wed her partner Saturday in Illinois, her favorite romantic movie since the age of 4 is etched in her mind — and on her body: she has a <a href="http://princessbrideforever.com/the-movie/">“Princess Bride”</a> tattoo on her hip which includes the film's signature line, "As You Wish."</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:56:48 +0000 Nancy Fowler 34320 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org STL Same-Sex Couples Consider Legal Implications As They Prepare To Marry Missouri Same-Sex Couples Should Think Twice Before Marrying In Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-same-sex-couples-should-think-twice-marrying-illinois <p>Same-sex couples in Missouri may not want to rush across the river to tie the knot.</p><p>Even though some counties in Illinois are beginning to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, says marriage licenses granted to two men or two women from Missouri may not prove valid.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 02:47:52 +0000 Nancy Fowler 34201 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Same-Sex Couples Should Think Twice Before Marrying In Illinois Legal Roundtable: Same-Sex Marriage, Red-Light Cameras, Voter IDs, Etc. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/legal-roundtable-same-sex-marriage-red-light-cameras-voter-ids-etc <p>Missouri’s <a href="http://www.moga.mo.gov/const/A01033.HTM">constitutional amendment</a> defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is being challenged by a <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-couples-sue-have-out-state-same-sex-marriages-recognized">suit filed last week in Kansas City</a>. Eight same-sex couples living in Missouri are seeking the state’s recognition of their out-of-state marriages.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:41:08 +0000 Camille Phillips 33775 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Legal Roundtable: Same-Sex Marriage, Red-Light Cameras, Voter IDs, Etc. Nixon Wants Missourians To Vote Again On Same-Sex Marriage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nixon-wants-missourians-vote-again-same-sex-marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://governor.mo.gov/">Gov. Jay Nixon</a> says he hopes </span>Missourians<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> get another chance to vote on same-sex marriage.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Democrat made that comment Thursday in response to a reporter's question during the annual Missouri Press Association/Associated Press Day at the Capitol. &nbsp;The governor said that he's in favor of repealing the 2004 constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.</span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:41:42 +0000 Marshall Griffin 33706 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nixon Wants Missourians To Vote Again On Same-Sex Marriage Missouri Couples Sue To Have Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages Recognized http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-couples-sue-have-out-state-same-sex-marriages-recognized <p><strong>Updated with additional information from the press conference, copy of the case.</strong></p><p>Eight same-sex couples in Missouri have filed suit seeking to have their out-of-state marriages recognized in the state.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 08:32:11 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & Jo Mannies 33642 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Couples Sue To Have Out-Of-State Same-Sex Marriages Recognized Conservatives File Suit Against Nixon's Order Regarding Same-Sex Couples' Tax Filings http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/conservatives-file-suit-against-nixons-order-regarding-same-sex-couples-tax-filings <p><strong><em>(Updated 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9)</em></strong></p><p>Four prominent conservatives, including former St. Charles County Executive Joe Ortwerth, <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/197868161/Lawsuitovertaxes">have filed suit </a>challenging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s recent executive order to allow same-sex couples who have married in other states to file joint tax returns in Missouri.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:49:45 +0000 Jo Mannies 32884 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Conservatives File Suit Against Nixon's Order Regarding Same-Sex Couples' Tax Filings Illinois Judge Allows Same-Sex Couple To Wed Before Law Takes Effect http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-judge-allows-same-sex-couple-wed-law-takes-effect Seven months before Illinois' same-sex marriage law goes into effect, a judge ruled Monday that two Chicago women can marry immediately because one of them has terminal cancer.<p>Vernita Gray, 64, and Patricia Ewert, 65, got engaged in 2009 and entered into a civil union in 2011. Gray has terminal breast cancer that recently spread to her brain and may have days or weeks to live, according to a <a href="http://lambdalegal.org/sites/default/files/gray_il_20131122_verified-complaint-declaratory-injunctive-relief.pdf" target="_blank">court filing</a>. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:23:54 +0000 Emily Siner 31739 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Judge Allows Same-Sex Couple To Wed Before Law Takes Effect Illinois Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-legalizes-same-sex-marriage <p><em>Will be updated.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois is now the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill into law Wednesday in Chicago that makes the state the largest in the Midwest to legalize gay weddings. The law takes effect in June when county clerks can begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois allowed civil unions in 2011, but it was a bumpy road to same-sex marriage in President Barack Obama's home state.</span></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 22:42:40 +0000 The Associated Press & Kelsey Proud 31605 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Same-Sex Married Couples Living In Mo. Will Be Able To File Joint State Tax Returns http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/same-sex-married-couples-living-mo-will-be-able-file-joint-state-tax-returns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon</a> (D) has issued </span><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/orders/2013/13-14.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">an executive order</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> directing the <a href="http://dor.mo.gov/">Missouri Department of Revenue (</a></span><a href="http://dor.mo.gov/">DOR</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://dor.mo.gov/">)</a> to accept jointly filed state income tax returns from same-sex married couples living in the Show-Me State.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:48:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 31447 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Same-Sex Married Couples Living In Mo. Will Be Able To File Joint State Tax Returns