same-sex marriage

Government
4:52 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Jackson County Won't Defend Missouri Gay Marriage Ban

A couple who married in New York in 2011.
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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.

Last week the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Jackson County Circuit Court on behalf of two Kansas City, Mo., couples who were denied marriage licenses.

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LGBT Rights
2:59 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Douglas County Grants Same-Sex Divorces Despite State Ban On Same-Sex Marriages

A couple holds their marriage license in Iowa, a state where same-sex couples can go to get legally married.
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Kansas' constitutional ban on gay marriage hasn't stopped same-sex couples from getting divorced in Douglas County.  

On Monday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske sat down with David Brown, a family lawyer in Lawrence who has personally helped two same-sex couples divorce. 

Brown says that the Kansas state constitution has to do with public policy, not the court's legal recognition of gay marriage.

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Government
11:47 am
Mon June 30, 2014

LGBT Issues: Divorce And Marriage

Kansas doesn't allow gay marriage, but one county in the state will recognize married gay couples in order to grant a divorce.
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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.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, we examine how its policy is different and take a look at other new developments affecting the local LGBT community.

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NPR Story
8:23 am
Mon June 30, 2014

St. Louis' Newly Wed Gay Couples Reflect On Why Attitudes On Gay Marriage Have Shifted

Tod Martin, left, and David Gray speak at a press conference last week. St. Louis officials married the couple last week, sparking a challenge -- and public reflection -- of the state's gay marraige ban.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 10:07 pm

Tod Martin wasn’t going to let 20 words keep him from marrying David Gray.

While it took more than 20 years, St. Louis officials last week issued Martin and Gray a marriage license. They’re among eight people who are testing the state’s nearly 10-year-old, 20-word ban on gay marriage.

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Government
1:55 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Kansas City Unlikely To Join St. Louis In Granting Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

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.

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: 

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Government
7:38 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Plan Could Increase City's Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

A proposal before the Kansas City Council Thursday would gather information to expand the employee benefits available for same-sex couples.

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.

Councilman Scott Taylor says the sponsors simply believe it is the right thing to do.

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Government
7:21 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Missouri Will Accept Joint Returns From Married Same-Sex Couples

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.

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.

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Government
8:16 am
Thu June 27, 2013

What The DOMA Ruling Means For Missouri

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.

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.

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Government
4:39 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Joy, Tears In KC At DOMA Provision Defeat

Caron Hankins said she was more subdued than her marriage partner at right, Dayna Deck, when they learned of the Supreme Court ruling.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

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.

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Government
9:57 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Missouri House Speaker Says Same Sex Marriage Should Be Up To States

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones
Tim Bommel Mo. House Communications

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones says the decision over gay marriage should be left to the states, and not to the federal government. 

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. 

Jones indicated that he’s not going to take any action to encourage the bill’s passage.

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Same-Sex Marriage
10:44 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Census Bureau to Count Same-Sex Partners As Married

Kansas City, Mo. – Gay and lesbian couples who consider themselves married, whether they legally are married or not,will be counted that way in the current census. That marks a shift from previous years.

In the last census, some 600,000 same sex couples check the married box, but when the data was reported, they were deemed unmarried partners. Gay rights groups lobbied Congress to change that in the current census.

Maria Carter spoke with Edward San Filippo from the US Census bureau about the changes in 2010 Census.

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