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November 19, 2013 (Saint Louis, MO) – A report on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in America’s cities by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, rated 291 cities across the nation, including five cities in Missouri. The 2013 Municipal Equality Index (MEI) is the second edition of the only nationwide rating system of LGBT inclusion in municipal law.
MO Governor Jay Nixon Announces State Taxes Will Mirror Federal Taxes for All Legally Married Missouri Couples
November 14, 2013 (Jefferson City, MO) – This afternoon Missouri Governor Jay Nixon issued an Executive Order directing the Missouri Department of Revenue to accept joint tax returns that mirror the Federal Treasury and IRS, in that all legally same-sex marriages will be recognized for state tax purposes. This is a consistent and pragmatic approach to the federal government’s announcement in September of this year.
August 29, 2013: Today the IRS, Treasury Department, and the Department of Health and Human Services released two big announcements for same-sex couples in Missouri. Each entity affirmed that even if you live in a state in which marriage between same-sex couples is not recognized, certain benefits will still be recognized. Two key benefits include federal taxes and equal coverage for Medicare in nursing homes for married same-sex couples. This directly impacts couples in Missouri who were married legally in one of the 13 states or the District of Columbia where it is recognized.
October 18, 2013 (Saint Louis, MO):
This past June, University of Missouri voted in favor of extending health care benefits for all. Now, just in the past month, other universities in Missouri have followed in their footsteps, including University of Central Missouri, Missouri State University, and Truman State University, who made their announcement late Tuesday. The health care benefits at each of these universities is intended to be inclusive in order to attract and retain talent.
October 18, 2013: Today, Missouri State University in Springfield voted in favor of extending health care benefits in their current health plan for both staff and faculty. Faculty, staff, and students have been working on this inclusion since at least 2006.
August 19, 2013: On July 1st the Kirksville City Council voted down the Human Rights ordinance that would have protected the LGBT community from discrimination -- doing an injustice to the over 100 supporters there that evening. Councilman Robert Russell, who previously had supported this issue, flipped his vote, citing religious reasons for the change. However, this evening, the Kirksville City Council voted and passed (3 - 2) a newly written Human Rights ordinance. Mayor Detweiller, who previously opposed this measure, along with Councilman Jerry Mills and Councilman Glen Moritz, voted in favor.
June 26, 2013--Today was a huge win in the name of marriage equality for all families. Today, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and declared Prop 8 lacked standing, which effectively means marriage equality will go forward in California.