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March 6, 2014 (Kansas City, MO) - Today the City Council of Kansas City voted unanimously to approve Resolution 140201 introduced by Councilman-at-Large Scott Wagner (District 1) that calls to end statewide discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation against the LGBT community by supporting the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA).
February 27, 2014 (Saint Louis, MO): This week both Boone County and Saint Louis City Public Schools have changed their policies to impact same-sex couples.
On February 12, 2014 the ACLU of Missouri filed litigation in State Court in Kansas City, on behalf of same-sex couples throughout the state to seek recognition by Missouri of their marriages. In 2004, Constitutional Amendment 2, prohibiting same-sex marriages in Missouri, was voted on by the public and passed.
This evening, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon delivered his State of the State address to Missourians. Nixon’s speech included strong support for the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA). Governor Nixon asserted, “We need to end discrimination against LGBT Missourians in the workplace. No Missourian should be fired because of who they are or who they love. Last year, the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act passed the Senate with bipartisan support, but failed to get to my desk. Let’s get that done this year.”
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.