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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 23, 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.

February 17, 2014

Thousands of University of Missouri students and other supporters of gay college footballer Michael Sam formed a human barricade to stop members of the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing a ceremony to honor him during a basketball game

Thousands of people have turned out to block members of the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing a basketball game during which openly gay college footballer Michael Sam was to be honored.

The Westboro Baptist Church members traveled to Missouri on Saturday after Sam came out publicly, labeling the Tigers ‘fag enablers’ for tolerating Sam on the team and calling for the death penalty for homosexuality to be reinstated.

February 16, 2014

'It's our job as citizens to say that Michael Sam deserves a fair chance, not because he's a gay football player, but because he's a football player and he wants to go out and play football'

Chris Kluwe thinks  Michael Sam, the University of Missouri football defensive lineman who happens to be gay, will have few problems with National Football League teammates.

February 15, 2014

'I did not say anything about my grandkids'

Michael Sam Sr., the father of the gay University of Missouri defensive lineman who came out last week, is pushing back against the New York Times.

Sam Sr. told the newspaper his birthday party was ruined when Sam Jr. texted him that he's gay.

February 12, 2014

'And with the “bromance” type of close relationships that many players enjoy, would they be as physical and free with a homosexual teammate?'

Bigots in the US have been wailing ever since Michael Sam, a University of Missouri football defensive lineman, announced he's gay.

Michael Brown's cries are particularly hysterical. The anti-gay writer is certain close relationships on teams, 'bromances,' will be destroyed with a gay player.

February 11, 2014

Cover states that 'America is ready for Michael Sam' but also asks: 'Is the NFL ready for Michael Sam?'

Michael Sam's sudden rise to fame continued today when Sports Illustrated released an image of its next cover.

It features the University of Missouri star, who came out publicly as a gay man on Sunday (9 February) and has put the conversation about gays in pro football on the front burnerr.

February 10, 2014

US First Lady calls Sam 'an inspiration to all of us' in Twitter message and adds: 'We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field'

US First Lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter today to publicly congratulate University of Missouri football star Michael Sam for coming out publicly as a gay man.

'You're an inspiration to all of us, @MikeSamFootball. We couldn't be prouder of your courage both on and off the field,' Obama personally tweeted from her official @FLOTUS account.

February 10, 2014

'I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it. I just want to own my truth.'

Michael Sam, a University of Missouri American football defensive lineman, announced he's gay.

The first team All-American, and probable high pick in the National Football League draft, told ESPN he came out to his teammates this past August.

'I am an openly, proud gay man,' Sam said.

February 10, 2014

'I just want to make sure I could tell my story the way I want to tell it. I just want to own my truth.'

Michael Sam, a University of Missouri American football defensive lineman, announced he's gay.

The first team All-American, and probable high pick in the National Football League draft, told ESPN he came out to his teammates this past August.

'I am an openly, proud gay man,' Sam said.

February 10, 2014

Gay athletes and straight allies such as Jason Collins, Chris Kluwe, and Dave Kopay met with University of Missouri star

In just 24 hours, college football star Michael Sam has gone from largely unknown to the number one trending topic on Twitter.

The University of Missouri defensive end, considered a top NFL draft prospect, announced that he was gay in interviews with ESPN and The New York Times on Sunday (9 February).

It turns out his public announcement had been months in the making and he had the support of some of the most experienced people in this area.

February 7, 2014

Missouri lesbian Carol Parker has been refused communion during her mother’s funeral because the priest objected to her 20 year relationship with partner Josie Martin

Missouri woman Carol Parker was told she would not be allowed to receive the Catholic rite of communion at her mother’s funeral after the parish priest noticed her mother’s obituary mentioned her long term partner Josie Martin.

Parker’s mother passed away 26 December and Father Benjamin Kneib of Columban Catholic Church in Chillicothe, Missouri noticed the obituary for her 30 December funeral and so called Parker to tell her that she would not be allowed communion during the funeral – or in future.

January 21, 2014

22-year-old Michael Johnson is being charged with making secret sex videos with people who may have had no idea they were being filmed or that Johnson was HIV-positive

US college student Michael Johnson, who is HIV-positive, is being charged with secretly filming over 30 people during sex who possibly had no idea about his HIV status, or that they were being filmed.

The 22-year-old former wrestler, who was a student at Lindenwood University in St Charles, Missouri, is being charged with exposing people to HIV as early as October 2013.

November 15, 2013

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has allowed out of state married gay couples to file joint tax returns and says he wants his state to end its ban on same-sex couples being able to marry

Missouri state Governor Jay Nixon has signed an executive order allowing same-sex couples who have married in other states to file joint tax returns despite his state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The US Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determined that same-sex couples who have married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal can file joint federal tax returns regardless of where they live following the US Supreme Court striking down part of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

October 23, 2013

Hundreds of South Carolinians turned out to counter-protest members of the Westboro Baptist Church who had threatened to picket a speech by the mother of Matthew Shepard but the church members never showed up

The Westboro Baptist Church inspired hundreds of people to take to the street in Charleston, South Carolina after they threatened to picket a speech by the mother of gay murder victim Matthew Shepard.

Judy Shepard spoke at the College of Charleston to a capacity crowd in its ballroom on Monday - with so many people motivated to counter-protest the Westboro Baptists that large numbers had to be turned away from the event.

October 18, 2013

T-shirt to bring ‘harmony’ between straight and LGBT students is attacked by Missouri Republican in Twitter message

A Republican lawmaker in Missouri USA was dismayed to see students wearing Gay-Straight Alliance t-shirts at a school event.

Kevin Elmer’s tweet criticizing the t-shirts was sent on Spirit Day yesterday (17 October), when LGBT people and their allies around the world unite against bullying, particularly in schools.

But Elmer tweeted: ‘Nixa Schools failure. HS students working elementary school book fair in gay t-shirts.’

He shared a picture of one of the offending t-shirts, although only the student’s torso and the bottom of their hair can be seen.

July 22, 2013

British boy band member spoke out about the 'God Hates Fags' church who had protested outside their concert in Kansas City

British boyband member Harry Styles has spoken out against the Westboro Baptist Church who protested at a One Direction concert this weekend.

On Saturday (20 July), the ‘God Hates Fags’ church travelled to Kansas City, Missouri to hold up their anti-gay signs.

They accuse the ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ singers for being ‘fag enabling perverts’.

May 23, 2013

A 19-year-old who was working at the Boy Scouts of America summer camp was fired when he told his director he was gay

While we know the Boy Scouts of America do not accept gay people in their ranks, have you ever wondered what would happen if someone came out?

Wonder no more, as a 19-year-old prominent and committed member of the Boy Scouts secretly filmed his coming out to his troop leader.

The video comes as the Boy Scouts of America’s National Council will consider reversing its long-standing ban on openly gay youth, and whether to keep its ban on gay troop leaders today (23 May).

April 14, 2013

Roger Gorley says a Missouri hospital broke the law for forcing him from his partner’s bedside

A gay man is accusing hospital staff of discrimination for kicking him out of his partner’s hospital room in Missouri.

Roger Gorley, who was arrested and taken into custody for refusing to leave his partner’s bedside on Tuesday (9 April), says hospital security resorted to unnecessary force to put him in handcuffs.