Tag Archives: Missouri

MISSOURI: Democratic Filibuster Now In 29th Hour!

INCREDIBLE. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Missouri is grabbing national headlines as word of Senate Democrats’ day-long filibuster spreads. A proposal by Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake Saint Louis, is designed to protect wedding vendors and clergy from legal liability and government penalties if they decline to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies. Republicans are trying to put the question on the …

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HISTORIC: Missouri Senate Democrats Pass 24-Hour Mark In Filibuster Against Anti-LGBT RFRA Bill [AUDIO]

UNBELIEVABLE. And it’s STILL going. Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: A Democratic-led filibuster in the Missouri Senate of a religious freedom constitutional amendment passed the 24-hour mark late Tuesday afternoon as opponents of the measure charged it would enable anti-LGBT discrimination in the state. The filibuster, which was in response to Senate Joint Resolution 39, began shortly after …

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MISSOURI: Senate Democrats Have Been Filibustering Anti-LGBT RFRA Bill All Night Long [AUDIO]

Holy cow! From the Riverfront Times: How to stop a piece of a legislation that would codify the right to discriminate against same-sex couples? For Missouri Democrats, the answer may be to just keep talking. Last night at 4 p.m., the Senate Democratic caucus began filibustering a joint resolution aimed at bringing a constitutional amendment to Missouri voters that would …

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MISSOURI: Proposed Bill Would Have Cops Record “Perceived” Sexual Orientation Of Drivers

A bill introduced yesterday by Democratic Missouri state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed [photo] would have police officers record the “perceived” sexual orientation of drivers stopped for infractions. The Fair & Impartial Policing Act is endorsed by the ACLU of Missouri and is part of a broad anti-profiling campaign. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: “This is not an attack on law enforcement,” …

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MISSOURI: GOP Attorney General Candidate Proposes Formal Legalization Of Anti-LGBT Discrimination

In Missouri, as in many other states, it’s already completely legal to refuse to serve LGBT citizens as no such protections exist in state law. But that’s not good enough for GOP state attorney general candidate Josh Hawley. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports: Hawley wrote to legislative leaders urging them to pass exemptions for ministers, churches and businesses that do …

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MISSOURI: State Court Rules That Calling Employee “Cocksucker” Doesn’t Violate Human Rights Law

A Missouri state appeals court has ruled that called a gay employee “cocksucker” and asking if he has AIDS does not violate the law because Missouri has no employment protections for LGBT citizens. Courthouse News Service reports: A divided three-judge panel ruled Tuesday that James Pittman cannot hold his former employer, Cook Paper Recycling Corp., liable because state law does …

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FERGUSON: Heavily Armed “Oath Keepers” Show Up Under Guise Of Protecting Crackpot Reporter

They are supposedly there to protect a representative of Info Wars. Reuters reports: Four civilians carrying automatic rifles and sidearms patrolled a riot-torn street in Ferguson, Missouri, early Tuesday, saying they were there to protect a media organization but drawing swift criticism from police and protesters alike. The appearance of the four men, all white, quickly drew stares in the …

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MISSOURI: “Ex-Gay” Candidate For Gov Says He’s Overcome “Sexual Confusion”

“Through the years, I have publicly spoken about being abused as a child and the confusion this caused me as a teenager. There are literally thousands of Missourians who will understand how heartbreaking childhood abuse can be – though few might be willing to acknowledge it. I have put the childhood abuse, and the teenage confusion behind me. What others …

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MISSOURI: “Ex-Gay” Runs For Governor

Missouri state Sen. Bob Dixon, who claims to be “ex-gay,” has announced his bid for governor. He didn’t elaborate at the time, but it’s been a long journey up to this point for Dixon, 46, who reportedly once lived as a gay man until a spiritual epiphany turned him straight. Dixon himself spoke about his history with homosexuality at a …

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Former College Wrestler Sentenced To 30 Years For “Reckless” HIV Transmission

Via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A former Lindenwood University wrestler was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison for recklessly infecting one sex partner with HIV and risking the infection of four others. Jurors in May had found Michael L. Johnson, 23, guilty of five felony charges after testimony that included experts in infectious diseases and the men who had …

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MISSOURI: Dent County To Observe Year Of Mourning Over Obergefell Ruling

Via the Salem News: The Dent County Commission voted unanimously Monday to observe one year of “mourning” over the Supreme Court’s June 26 decision that gay couples have the constitutional right to marriage. The observance will come in the form of lowering the flags at the Dent County Courthouse and Judicial Building to below half-staff on the 26th day of …

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MISSOURI: Gov. Jay Nixon Orders All State Agencies To Comply With Obergefell

Yes, he’s a Democrat: Nixon says the order makes clear that local governments must comply with the ruling as well. One Missouri county, Schuyler, is still not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Nixon also called again on the Missouri legislature to pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, which would bar discrimination against LGBT Missourians in employment, housing, and public accommodations. …

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MISSOURI: Former College Wrestler Found Guilty Of Reckless HIV Transmission

Steven Thrasher reports at Buzzfeed: Michael Johnson, the HIV positive former college wrestler better known as “Tiger Mandingo,” faces life in prison after being found guilty today of one count of recklessly infecting a partner with HIV, one count of attempting to recklessly infect a partner with HIV, and three counts of recklessly exposing partners to HIV. “They’ve paid their …

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Married Anti-Gay Missouri GOP House Speaker Busted For Sexting With College Freshman: “I’ll Leave You Quivering”

Earlier this year the Missouri affiliate of the Family Research Council celebrated GOP House Speaker John Diehl after he filed an anti-gay marriage amicus brief with the Eighth Circuit Court. Today the FRC is very, very quiet after the opposite-married Diehl was busted for sexting with a barely legal college intern. Via the Kansas City Star: The conversations unveil a …

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Eighth Circuit Court Punts On All Cases

“On the court’s own motion, oral arguments and any further consideration of these cases will be deferred pending the Supreme Court of the Unites States’ decisions in James Obergefell v Richard Hodges.”

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Eighth Circuit Court Sets May 12th Details For Marriage Cases Out Of Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, & South Dakota

It seems unlikely that we’d get a decision before the Supreme Court. But we’ve been surprised many times.

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MISSOURI: Springfield Voters Narrowly Repeal LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law

It was a nail-biter in Springfield tonight but in the end the good guys lost. The vote was close but Springfield voters on Tuesday rejected an anti-discrimination ordinance meant to protect gay men, lesbian women, and transgender people. The Springfield City Council added those protections to the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance last October. The amendment aimed to provide protection from discrimination …

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MISSOURI: Springfield Readies For Repeal Vote On LGBT Non-Discrimination Laws

Colin Murphy reports at Boom LGBT: Mirroring a wave of anti-equality efforts in state legislatures and cities across the nation, opponents of a recently passed LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance in Missouri’s third largest city are asking voters to repeal the law on April 7. In a 6-3 vote on Oct. 13, The Springfield City Council passed City Ordinance 6141, a bill …

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Ferguson Police Chief To Resign

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Wikipedia Map Introduces Purple States

The editors of Wikipedia’s marriage equality page today introduced purple-shaded states to reflect the “complicated” situations in Kansas, Missouri, and Alabama. Most counties in Alabama had issued same-sex marriage licenses for several weeks after a federal court legalized same-sex marriage, but all have stopped in response to a conflicting order by the state supreme court. However, the state court did …

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