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LGBT Rights
4:48 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Is Likely Boon For St. Louis Wedding Industry

Credit Kurt Nordstrom via Flickr

It’s hardly June, but wedding vendors in Missouri are hearing from lots of couples.

Last week both a circuit court judge in St. Louis and federal judge in Kansas City found Missouri’s ban on same sex marriage unconstitutional. As a result the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and Jackson County began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Pat Rutherford-Pettine, owner of the The Sugaree Baking Co., said she’s done wedding cakes and pies for civil unions for many years. She’s baking her first official wedding cake for a same sex couple in Missouri this week.

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LGBT Rights
3:34 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Court Orders State Of Missouri To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Janice Barrier (left) and her wife, Sheri Schild, were one of the 10 couples who sued the state to have their marriage recognize in Missouri.
Credit Rachel Lippmann I St. Louis Public Radio

A Kansas City judge ruled Friday that the state of Missouri had to recognize marriages of same-sex couples that were legally married in other states.

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U.S. Supeme Court
11:14 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Hobby Lobby Decision May Be Bigger Blow To Gay Rights Than Contraceptive Access

Credit Matt H. Wade | Wikipedia

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision may not be as big a threat to contraceptive coverage for women as it first appeared.

After a few weeks of legal sleuthing, several leading Supreme Court experts think the court has signaled it will approve a compromise to provide free contraceptive coverage to women who work for companies and religious nonprofits that object to the coverage on religion grounds.

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Marriage Equality
4:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

As Illinois Rolls Out Same-Sex Marriage, Edwardsville Couple To Take Advantage

Debbie Dial and Susan Schultz of Edwardsville at a march supporting gay marriage.
Credit / Susan Schultz

Same-sex couples in Illinois will be lining up to receive marriage licenses Monday after marriage between couples who are the same gender officially became legal across the state Sunday.  

The marriage-equality bill that passed in 2013 went into effect June 1, although a judge’s ruling prompted a handful of counties to issue marriage licenses earlier than that.

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Gay Rights
10:27 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Commentary: Judging Michael Sam, First As A Football Player

Credit Rams media

When Michael Sam finally got the call that the St. Louis Rams had drafted him, he turned to his partner, they embraced and kissed. This scene has played out every year during the NFL draft and rarely garners national attention. The difference this time is that Michael Sam is gay and he kissed his boyfriend.

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Politics
3:27 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Attorneys Ask For Quick Ruling In Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Credit via Flickr/BluEyedA73

Twenty five same-sex couples want to see a quick verdict in their lawsuits regarding the Illinois gay marriage ban.

Attorneys representing the couples suing over the ban asked a judge Wednesday to rule through summary judgment. 

Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois filed a motion Wednesday for a judge to rule quickly in the couples’ favor.

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Missouri Supreme Court
4:20 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Mo. Supreme Court Considering The Link Between Benefits And Marriage

Thirteen people have applied to fill a vacancy on the Missouri Supreme Court.
(via Flickr/david_shane)

Should certain state benefits be limited only to married couples, even though that could discriminate against gays and lesbians in Missouri?

That's one of the questions the Missouri Supreme Court will be considering after hearing arguments today in the case of Kelly Glossip, whose partner, Cpl. Dennis Englehard, was killed in the line of duty as a state trooper.

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Kelly Glossip
5:00 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Partner Of Late Trooper Takes Benefits Fight To Supreme Court

Kelly Glossip and Dennis Englehard following Englehard's graduation from the state police academy in 2000.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Glossip

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a case that began with the tragic line-of-duty death of a Missouri state trooper.

According to the state, Dennis Englehard left behind no survivors. But his partner of 15 years disagreed  - and sued to access the benefits he felt he was due. A district judge in Cole County rejected that request.

Kelly Glossip never thought he would be a gay rights activist.

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