USA, Missouri: Supreme Court Rules Against Gay Trooper’s Partner

Written by scott on October 30th, 2013

Missouri mapThe same-sex partner of a state trooper who was killed in the line of duty is not eligible for benefits, the state Supreme Court said.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled against a Highway Patrol trooper’s same-sex partner who was seeking survivor benefits. Highway Patrol Cpl. Dennis Engelhard was killed on Christmas Day in 2009 when he was struck by a vehicle while investigating a traffic accident on Interstate 44 in Eureka, outside of St. Louis. Missouri offers a payment to the surviving spouse of a Highway Patrol officer killed in the line of duty… The Supreme Court in a 5-2 ruling concluded Glossip is ineligible for survivor benefits because the two were not married – not because Glossip is gay.

Which seems to leave the door open to a challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, doesn’t it?

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