Mo. Supreme Court Denies Survival Benefits for Same-Sex Partner
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled unmarried same-sex partners of government employees are not eligible for government benefits.
In a 5-2 decision, the state’s high court denied the spouse of deceased highway patrolman Dennis Englard survival benefits because he was not married to Englard.
Kelly Glossip had a same-sex relationship with Englard, so the two could not have legally married in Missouri.
Glossip’s attorney Anthony Rothert says the case was more about Missouri not recognizing gay marriage than government employee spousal benefits.
“It has been about the promise of equality under our state constitution, and the state of Missouri’s disregard of that promise when it comes to gay and lesbian couples,” he said.
The Court’s decision noted Glossip could have had a different case if he had gotten married in another state.