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Mo. Court Seeks More Input on Gay Death Benefits

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A U.S. Supreme Court decision about federal benefits for gay couples has prompted the Missouri Supreme Court to take a second look at a pending case.

The state’s high court heard arguments in February on a challenge to a Missouri law that denied survivor benefits to the same-sex partner of a Highway Patrol officer who died in the line of duty.

In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that that barred legally married same-sex couples from receiving benefits from the federal government.

The Missouri Supreme Court has asked attorneys involved in the Highway Patrol officer’s case to submit additional written arguments in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. That could further delay a decision in the Missouri case.

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