gay rights

Same-Sex Unions Pose Challenge To Hospitals

Jul 24, 2014

The absence of legal protections for same-sex couples made the news last year when a Kansas City hospital denied a man the right to stay by his male partner’s bedside.

Now many area hospitals are trying to make themselves more accommodating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and their families.  

Nearly two years ago, Kris Saim received some harrowing news.  He was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer. But the diagnosis wasn’t the only thing he was worried about.

After being drafted by the St. Louis Rams, Michael Sam is poised to become the first openly gay player in the NFL.

Senate floor at the Missouri Capitol
File / KBIA

Missouri lawmakers are hearing the pros and cons of whether it makes good business sense to grant discrimination protections based on sexual orientation.

The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision Wednesday to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act is a monumental victory for advocates of same-sex marriage.

But what happens now that the 1996 federal law that confines marriage to a man and a woman has been declared unconstitutional?

Will federal benefits flow only to same-sex married couples living in states that recognize their unions?

LGBT rights activists rally at the statehouse

Mar 27, 2013
Jenn Cooper / KBIA

Dozens of people rallied at the Missouri Capitol today for what a gay and lesbian rights group has promoted as "Equality Day."

The gathering coincided with the second day of U.S. Supreme Court hearings into the Defense of Marriage Act and related issues. Several Democratic lawmakers attended the event.

Claire Cook is a regional field organizer for PROMO, the LGBT advocacy group that organized the Jefferson City rally. She said her group wants to bring awareness both to the community and to legislators.

The Springfield City Council is being asked to consider ordinances that would ban discrimination against gay people.

The Mayor's Commission on Human Rights sent three proposed ordinances to the city council that are designed to work together to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.