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.
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.
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.
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.
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.