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December 6, 2014

State Republican leaders eventually plan to take their appeal to the state Supreme Court

Republican lawmakers in Missouri plan to appeal a judge's ruling requiring the US state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

According to The Kansas Star, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and House Speaker Tim Jones filed a motion on 3 December. The hope is to eventually take the case to the state Supreme Court.

December 3, 2014

CNN anchor missed just one day of work on Anderson Cooper 360

Two days after having an emergency appendectomy, Anderson Cooper returned to the air on CNN Tuesday not looking any worse for the wear.

Cooper, 47, did not mention his health scare at the top of Anderson Cooper 360 as he immediately jumped into a story on the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri, where a police officer was not charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

December 3, 2014

Openly gay athlete has been cut by both St. Louis Rams and Dallas Cowboys

Michael Sam, who has opted to take the high road after being dropped by two NFL teams this season, has for the first time hinted that he is not playing pro football right now because he is openly gay.

Sam was asked by TMZ Sports this morning if he thinks NFL teams are not interested in him because of his orientation or because the level of talent is so much higher than when he was a standout at the University of Missouri.

December 3, 2014

Victim's mother and others believe he was murdered because he was gay and his killer wasn’t sure if he wanted to be

The killing of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has dominated the news in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, another shooting death on the other side of the state, in Kansas City, has gotten scant attention beyond the local news.

The victim was a 22-year-old gay, black man named Dionte Greene.

Greene was shot in the face while sitting in the front seat of his car, the engine still running, on the morning of Halloween.

November 25, 2014

Grand jury does not charge police officer Darren Wilson for shooting the teen

LGBTI rights groups have condemned the lack of indictment in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

A St Louis grand jury has not charged police officer Darren Wilson for shooting the unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Missouri three months ago.

The case sparked outrage in majority-black Ferguson and heightened longstanding tensions with the majority-white police force.

The National LGBTQ Task Force (NLTF) described the decision not to indict Wilson as 'shocking and painful for millions.'

November 24, 2014

Gay NFL athlete claims he was treated like a 'stray dog' at the St Louis Rams

Michael Sam has said he would have never come out the way he did.

The first NFL openly gay player says while he has 'no regrets', he would have preferred to keep it between him and his teammates instead of the whole world knowing.

November 18, 2014

Kansas City Union Mission says it will refuse shelter to homeless married same-sex couples who want to stay together, even though same-sex marriage isn’t yet legal in the state

The owners of a privately owned Christian homeless shelter in Kansas City, Missouri, have announced there will be no room in the inn for homeless married gay couples under their roof.

For 90 years Kansas City’s City Union Mission has provided shelter and food for individuals and families who are down on their luck, helping around 500 people each night, but the shelter has now announced that same-sex couples will not be allowed to stay there as couples.

November 7, 2014

Decision comes two days after district judge made ruling that applied only to city of St. Louis

A federal judge on Friday (7 November) struck down Missouri's ban on gay marriage that was passed by voters in the Midwestern state 10 years ago.

US District Court Judge Ortrie D. Smith ruled that the ban is unconstitutional and that that same-sex couples can obtain marriage licenses.

The state has said it will appeal.

Smith's ruling comes two days after same-sex marriage marriage licenses began being issued in the city of St. Louis where a state judge lifted the ban.

Smith's decision applies to the entire state.

November 6, 2014

Missourri's attorney general has vowed to appeal judge's order that licences be issued to same-sex couples

They weren't going to be taking any chances.

Immediately after a state judge struck down Missouri's ban on gay marriage Wednesday (5 November) same-sex couples began tying the knot.

'Time is of the essence,' Crystal Peairs told the Associated Press. 'We wanted to make sure we got it taken care of today.'

November 5, 2014

Decision by Circuit Judge Rex Burlison could pave way for statewide ruling

Same-sex marriage came to the state of Missouri on Wednesday (5 November) but only in the city of St. Louis.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is in violation of the 14th amendment of the US Constitution.

His ruling applies only to St. Louis but since Burlision did not place a stay on his decision, marriages could conceivably begin later in the day, according to Freedom to Marry.

November 5, 2014

Think there are no positive portrayals of transgender people in movies? You have to see this new feature film

In a world where trans representation in film is non-existent or disastrously insulting, it is impossible to greet Boy Meets Girl with anything less than wild excitement.

This sweet, sassy, funny movie stars real-life trans girl Michelle Hendley as Rikki, growing up transgender in rural Kentucky.

Yes, it has some of the tropes of LGBTI filmmaking. But bisexual Rikki’s flirtations with other women and journey to her future ambitions wins hearts and deserves to win a global audience.

October 3, 2014

ACLU of Missouri: 'This is a personal win for our 10 courageous couples'

A judge has ordered that the marriages of 10 same-sex couples who were married in other states be recognized in their home state of Missouri.

Missouri Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriage which he said is a violation of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution which guarantees equal protection under the law.

Such bans, Youngs wrote, 'treat one segment of the population — gay men and lesbians — differently than their same-sex counterparts, for no logical reason.'

September 7, 2014

'The time has come to end the divisive national debate as to whether the Constitution mandates same-sex marriage'

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants the US Supreme Court to make a definitive ruling on gay marriage.

August 31, 2014

In a 2012 speech to a far right group, Page called US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens a 'homosexual sodomite'

The St. Louis area police officer suspended after a video was discovered of him disparaging multiple groups, including the LGBTI community, has retired.

Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, faced scrutiny after a televised encounter with CNN's out anchor Don Lemon.

July 21, 2014

Band donated $20 for every single member of the 'God Hates Fags' church that decided to show up to protest at their gig

Panic! At The Disco have taken on the Westboro Baptist Church after the group targeted one of their gigs.

Last week, the ‘God Hates Fags’ church announced plans to protest the band’s show in Kansas City, Missouri.

As Panic! At The Disco are the church’s latest targets, the zealots recorded a homophobic parody of the band’s 2006 single ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’.

They dubbed their version ‘You Love Sin What A Tragedy’.

July 20, 2014

Colleen Simon, who worked in the food pantry and helped the homeless, was sacked after marrying a woman

A woman who was fired by a Catholic food pantry in Kansas City, Missouri, for being gay is taking the diocese and its bishop to court.

 

July 17, 2014

'The way I see it, my responsibility at this moment in history is to stand up for everybody out there who wants nothing more than to be themselves openly'

The NFL's first openly gay player provided the emotional highlight at Wednesday's (16 July) ESPY Awards when he took to the stage to accept the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Sam, 24, called the award named after the late tennis legend and activist 'much bigger than just me.

'This year I had a lot of experience being part of something bigger than myself,' Sam told the crowd at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles as he fought back tears.

July 10, 2014

'Vito was really the person who showed me I had to do it. I wanted us to be comfortable'

Their kiss had been seen by millions on live television on NFL draft day.

But what viewers did not know was that on the day Michael Sam met boyfriend Vito Cammisano years earlier, Cammisano was dressed as a bunny.

Sam, the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL. and Cammisano met at one of the first big parties he attended in his freshman year at the University of Missouri.

It was a lingerie party and Cammisano, a star swimmer at the school, was dressed as a rabbit with a bushy white tail.

June 27, 2014

Mayor Francis Slay: 'It makes me proud as a citizen and as a mayor'

Four same-sex couples were married in the office of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on Wednesday (25 June) if defiance of Missouri's ban on gay marriage.

Slay looked on approvingly as Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett, David Gray and Tod Martin, John Durnell and Richard Eaton, and Miranda Duschack and Karen Davis exchanged vows.

June 27, 2014

Mayor Francis Slay: 'It makes me proud as a citizen and as a mayor'

Four same-sex couples were married in the office of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay on Wednesday (25 June) if defiance of Missouri's ban on gay marriage.

Slay looked on approvingly as Bruce Yampolsky and Terry Garrett, David Gray and Tod Martin, John Durnell and Richard Eaton, and Miranda Duschack and Karen Davis exchanged vows.

May 14, 2014

'If seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that's great'

Oprah Winfrey's cable channel is teaming up with Michael Sam to make a documentary series on Sam becoming the first openly gay player in NFL history.

Over the weekend, Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the final round of the draft. His story has dominated the news in recent days including debate over his kissing his boyfriend on live television after learning he had made history.

May 7, 2014

College star poised to make history as pro football league's first openly gay player

Michael Sam is poised to make history this week as the first openly gay player in the NFL with the league beginning its annual draft on Thursday (8 May).

'I've been thinking about this moment since junior year of college,' Sam said in an interview Wednesday with Good Morning America. 'It's a very nervous time and a very exciting time. I'm ready for it.'

He added: 'Where I go doesn't matter as long as I get to play.'

While Sam is not expected to be a top pick, the league could face a major PR crisis if no teams choose him.

May 6, 2014

Dena and Samantha Latimer have become the first same-sex couple to legally divorce in Missouri in a landmark ruling despite that state’s ban on recognizing same-sex marriages

A Boone County Missouri court has allowed lesbians Dena and Samantha Latimer to end their marriage in a legal first for the state.

The Latimers were married in Massachusetts in 2009 but the relationship broke down so they sought to divorce in their home state of Missouri.

Missourians voted overwhelmingly in favor of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2004 which prohibits legal recognition of marriages between people of the same-sex in the state.

April 19, 2014

The 27 April performance was scheduled for an 11,000-seat arena in Springfield, Missouri

The planned musical extravaganza from the stars of reality show Duck Dynasty has been canceled because of low ticket sales.

The Robertson family was to bring a concert, called Faith, Family & Ducks, to Springfield, Missouri (a midwestern US state).

The presentation was to be a mixture of songs, and speeches, on how the family lives the American dream and keeps 'family values.'