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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.'

March 31, 2014

The Missouri Family Policy Council is hoping that a court will stop same-sex married couples from filing joint state tax returns in what may be a new front in the far right’s war against gay marriage

Missouri’s Family Policy Council, an affiliate of far right anti-gay groups Focus on the Family and the Family Research Council, is suing to stop same-sex married couples from filing joint tax returns as they say it violates the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The group has asked for District Court judge Jon Beetem to order an immediate halt on same-sex couples being allowed to file joint state tax returns as they claim it will result in ‘immediate and irreparable damage’ to their cause.

March 27, 2014

'The goal was to win football games'

National Football League Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams would not have had a problem with an out teammate.

And the former defensive back is pretty certain Michael Sam, the gay NFL draft prospect, won't face any resistance from a team.

March 22, 2014

Gay hate group Westboro Baptist Church picketed Lorde’s Kansas concert, but were met with a peaceful counter protest which sympathized with the death of their leader

Westboro Baptist Church picketed Kiwi pop star Lorde’s concert in Kansas City, Missouri armed with their homophobic posters but were faced with counter protests of sympathy for the death of their leader Fred Phelps.

The concert at the Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City yesterday (21 March) was picketed by the infamous gay hate group holding their usual homophobic signs such as ‘God Hates Fags’.

However, Lorde’s fans and the people of Kansas staged their own counter protest.

March 20, 2014

Gay NFL prospect releases heartfelt letter on day he returns for pro day

It remains to be seen how Michael Sam will be accepted by the National Football League should the openly gay athlete be drafted by a team later this spring.

But he made clear, in an open letter published on Thursday (20 March) that his experience as a college star at the University of Missouri was a special one.

March 20, 2014

Gay NFL prospect releases heartfelt letter on day he returns for pro day

It remains to be seen how Michael Sam will be accepted by the National Football League should the openly gay athlete be drafted by a team later this spring.

But he made clear, in an open letter published on Thursday (20 March) that his experience as a college star at the University of Missouri was a special one.

February 22, 2014

'Do I feel like a trailblazer? I feel like I'm Michael Sam'

Michael Sam, the University of Missouri American football defensive lineman who announced he is gay, is participating in this weekend's National Football League Scouting Combine.

The Combine is an opportunity for college American football players to perform physical and mental tests for coaches, general managers, and scouts.

February 21, 2014

Greg Ellis also has shower concerns: 'If you’re looking at men as if you’re looking at women or vice versa, how are those guys to receive that?'

College star Michael Sam has not played in a single game in the NFL yet but retired Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Ellis already has some concerns.

Ellis wondered aloud to ESPN Radio about Sam's potential on-field and locker room behavior since fellow players would know that the University of Missouri grad is openly gay.