In 2004, Missouri was one of the first states in a nationwide wave of states that passed a constitutional amendment, by 72%, against marriage between same-sex couples. At PROMO, we don't sugar-coat it. In order for us to overturn this effort, we have to win hearts and minds. It starts by getting nondiscrimination passed at a statewide level. No state has been able to advance any kind of relationship recognition without first securing everyone a place in society by being protected in their job, having a safe place to live, and access to essential services.
That being said, PROMO still advocates for local level recognition laws in order to have some basic access through domestic partner registries. Couples can use these registries as a means of proof to obtain domestic partner benefits from supportive employers. In Missouri, the following municipalities have passed domestic partnership registries. These registries vary in detail of what they offer.
- Kansas City
- Saint Louis City
- University City