same-sex marriage en Jackson County Won't Defend Missouri Gay Marriage Ban <p>Jackson County will not fight a challenge to Missouri’s gay marriage ban because it discriminates against same-sex couples, the county’s top executive said Monday.</p><p>Last week the American Civil Liberties Union filed <a href="">a lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court</a> on behalf of two Kansas City, Mo., couples who were denied marriage licenses.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:52:25 +0000 Peggy Lowe 58182 at Jackson County Won't Defend Missouri Gay Marriage Ban Douglas County Grants Same-Sex Divorces Despite State Ban On Same-Sex Marriages <p></p><p>Kansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage hasn't stopped same-sex couples from getting divorced in Douglas County. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday's&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Steve </span>Kraske<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> sat down with David Brown, a family lawyer in Lawrence who has personally helped two same-sex couples divorce.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:59:38 +0000 Cody Newill 58160 at Douglas County Grants Same-Sex Divorces Despite State Ban On Same-Sex Marriages LGBT Issues: Divorce And Marriage <p></p><p>What happens if things go sour for a married gay couple? Many Kansas counties would dismiss any divorce cases without hearing them, but not Douglas County.</p><p>In the second part of Monday's <a href=""><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we&nbsp;examine how its policy is different and take a look at other new developments affecting the local LGBT community.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:47:47 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 58146 at LGBT Issues: Divorce And Marriage St. Louis' Newly Wed Gay Couples Reflect On Why Attitudes On Gay Marriage Have Shifted <p class="p1">Tod Martin wasn’t going to let 20 words keep him from marrying David Gray.<p class="p2"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While it took more than 20 years, St. Louis officials last week issued Martin and Gray a marriage license. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:23:03 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 58137 at St. Louis' Newly Wed Gay Couples Reflect On Why Attitudes On Gay Marriage Have Shifted Kansas City Unlikely To Join St. Louis In Granting Same-Sex Marriage Licenses <p>City officials in St. Louis mounted a challenge to the state's same-sex marriage ban on Wednesday when they allowed four gay couples to wed at City Hall.</p><p>But on the other side of the state, it's unlikely Kansas City Mayor Sly James will follow suit. James tweeted Thursday that due to differences in the two cities' charters, he is unable to issue marriage licenses:&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:55:12 +0000 Elle Moxley 57977 at Plan Could Increase City's Benefits For Same-Sex Couples <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A proposal before the Kansas City Council Thursday would gather information to expand the employee benefits available for same-sex couples.</span></p><p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">One factor prompting the plan is the increasing number of same-sex couples who have legally married in other states. Another is to remain competitive with other states.</p><p style="margin-right: 0.03in; margin-bottom: 0in">Councilman Scott Taylor says the sponsors simply believe it is the right thing to do.</p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 13:38:15 +0000 Steve Bell 49497 at Missouri Will Accept Joint Returns From Married Same-Sex Couples <p>The Missouri Department of Revenue must now accept joint state income tax returns from same-sex married couples, following an executive order issued Thursday by Gov. Jay Nixon.</p><p>Gov. Nixon says the order is necessary for two reasons – because Missouri law requires married couples who file joint federal tax returns to also file joint state returns, and because of the U.S. Treasury Department’s recent decision to recognize same-sex marriages, even for couples living in states that don’t recognize gay marriage.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 01:21:00 +0000 Marshall Griffin 46887 at What The DOMA Ruling Means For Missouri <p>A constitutional law professor at Washington University in St. Louis says the US Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act will have little impact on Missouri’s same-sex marriage ban.</p><p>Greg Magarian says states make laws about marriage, such as the legal age for marriage and legal benefits. That’s not the territory of the federal government.</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:16:26 +0000 Jacob McCleland 39226 at Joy, Tears In KC At DOMA Provision Defeat <p></p><p></p><p>As the Supreme Court has allowed federal benefits to same sex couples married in states where those unions are allowed by law, there is no legal change in Missouri or Kansas. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:39:11 +0000 Dan Verbeck 39191 at Joy, Tears In KC At DOMA Provision Defeat Missouri House Speaker Says Same Sex Marriage Should Be Up To States <p>Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says the decision over gay marriage should be left to the states, and not to the federal government.&nbsp;</p><p>Jones was asked by reporters about US Supreme Court arguments over the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and about whether the GOP majority was interested in moving legislation that would make it illegal in Missouri to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation.&nbsp;</p><p>Jones indicated that he’s not going to take any action to encourage the bill’s passage.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:57:17 +0000 Marshall Griffin 34379 at Missouri House Speaker Says Same Sex Marriage Should Be Up To States Census Bureau to Count Same-Sex Partners As Married <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d84cfc0f047-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d84cfc0f047-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d84cfc0f047-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Mo. – Gay and lesbian couples who consider themselves married whether they legally are or not--will be counted that way in the current census. That marks a shift from previous years.</p> Mon, 12 Apr 2010 15:44:48 +0000 Maria Carter 6511 at