same sex benefits http://kbia.org en Missouri's acceptance of same-sex joint tax returns challenged http://kbia.org/post/missouris-acceptance-same-sex-joint-tax-returns-challenged <p>A state judge has been asked to put an immediate halt to Missouri's acceptance of joint tax returns from gay couples who got married legally in other states.</p><p>The request for a temporary restraining order was filed Wednesday in Cole County Circuit Court. It's part of an ongoing lawsuit brought by several Missouri residents, including officials from the Missouri Baptist Convention. They're challenging a decision by Governor Nixon's administration to accept combined tax returns from legally married same-sex couples.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:23:54 +0000 Associated Press 50321 at http://kbia.org Missouri's acceptance of same-sex joint tax returns challenged Mo. lawmaker wants AG opinion on gay tax policy http://kbia.org/post/mo-lawmaker-wants-ag-opinion-gay-tax-policy <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The&nbsp;<font color="red">Missouri</font>&nbsp;attorney general's office says a tax policy for certain gay couples recently announced by Gov. Jay Nixon appears to comply with&nbsp;<font color="red">Missouri</font>&nbsp;law.</p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 14:08:53 +0000 Associated Press 43952 at http://kbia.org Truman State to extend employee benefits to same-gender couples http://kbia.org/post/truman-state-extend-employee-benefits-same-gender-couples <p>Truman State University in Kirksville will be adding an adult dependent category to its insurance benefits allowing same sex couples to receive health, dental, and vision care.</p><p>University President Troy Paino announced Tuesday that starting January 1st, Truman State staff will be able to claim benefits for a person that has lived with them for at least 12 months, is not married to any other individual, is not related to the employee, and is at least 18. Paino says the decision was made based on what is best for the employees of the university.</p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 22:26:10 +0000 Julia Avery 42629 at http://kbia.org Truman State to extend employee benefits to same-gender couples Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling http://kbia.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-marriage-act The Supreme Court issued rulings on two highly-anticipated cases on gay marriage today. By 5-4, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/26/195863800/read-the-rulings-inside-the-same-sex-marriage-decisions">it ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman, is unconstitutional.</a><p>In a separate ruling, it declined to take on the broader issue of gay marriage. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:13:36 +0000 editor 36073 at http://kbia.org Court Overturns DOMA, Sidesteps Broad Gay Marriage Ruling Benefits for same-sex couples in UM System has local support http://kbia.org/post/benefits-same-sex-couples-um-system-has-local-support <p>University of Missouri system’s Board of Curators recently voted to expand employee’s insurance coverage to unmarried couples including partners of the same sex. Members of the LGBT community and University officials are talking about the change.</p><p>Harry Tyrer is a professor and faculty council member at MU. Tyrer says this benefit change will keep the MU system competitive in recruiting and retaining staff members.</p><p>“It’s more inclusive and it will increase the number of people who will see the University of Missouri as a great place to work at,” Tryer says.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:58:44 +0000 Katie Link 35674 at http://kbia.org Benefits for same-sex couples in UM System has local support University of Missouri System expands employee benefits http://kbia.org/post/university-missouri-system-expands-employee-benefits <p>The University of Missouri System Board of Curators unanimously passed a proposal to extend employee benefits to eligible adult dependents who meet certain criteria. This extension now means that same-sex partners may be eligible for these benefits, which include health, vision, and dental insurance. John Fougere is the chief spokesperson for the UM system. He said the decision will help the system attract a talented faculty and staff.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 13:04:48 +0000 Tori Meador 35583 at http://kbia.org University of Missouri System expands employee benefits Mo. Supreme Court Considering The Link Between Benefits And Marriage http://kbia.org/post/mo-supreme-court-considering-link-between-benefits-and-marriage Should certain state benefits be limited only to married couples, even though that could discriminate against gays and lesbians in Missouri?<p>That's one of the questions the Missouri Supreme Court will be considering after hearing arguments today in the <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/partner-late-trooper-takes-benefits-fight-supreme-court">case of Kelly Glossip</a>, whose partner, Cpl. Dennis Englehard, was killed in the line of duty as a state trooper.<p>Glossip sued in 2010 after he was denied Englehard's survivor benefits. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 14:21:59 +0000 editor 29631 at http://kbia.org Mo. Supreme Court Considering The Link Between Benefits And Marriage Missouri S&T supports same-sex benefits http://kbia.org/post/missouri-st-supports-same-sex-benefits <p>The Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla approved a resolution last week supporting employee benefits for same-sex partners.</p><p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:50:21 +0000 Jiselle Macalaguin 13296 at http://kbia.org Missouri S&T supports same-sex benefits