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Missouri Senator Wants To Fire County Recorders Who Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses


Missouri officials would lose their jobs for issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples — or recognizing their unions for any purpose — under a bill introduced by a Republican state senator. 

Senate Bill 555, by Sen. Ed Emery (above) — which is similar to anti-gay legislation introduced in other states, but even more extreme — seeks to undermine a likely U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality in June. 

The bill states that no same-sex marriage can be "recognized or enforced for any purpose in this state." It also states that no state or local funds can be used for the licensing or support of same-sex marriages, and that employees who violate those provisions "may be terminated and shall no longer receive any salary and employee benefits."

KOMU-TV reported this week on SB 555, which was actually introduced back in February: 

[Boone County Recorder Nora] Dietzel said she thinks this idea is "outlandish" and that her job requires her to follow the law, even if it is decided on the state, federal, or judicial level.

"Our personal opinion about same-sex marriage or whether or not that is right or wrong does not enter into it at all," Dietzel said. ... 

"It certainly puts recorders in a bad position having to choose between doing what they feel their duty is and being attacked at a very personal level," Dietzel said.

In defending the bill, Emery invoked the popular right-wing argument that marriage was created by God: 

"We need to make a clear statement by the legislature that acknowledges the facts of this relationship versus the politics of it," Emery said.

Emery also said it isn't up to the state or any government employee to define marriage.

"The state did not create marriage, it did not define marriage, it simply acknowledges marriage by our laws," Emery said.

SB 555 is an emergency act — "necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, welfare, peace and safety" — meaning it would take effect immediately if passed. However, given that the state's legislative session ends in two weeks and the bill hasn't had a hearing, that seems unlikely. 

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in the city of St. Louis, as well as in St. Louis and Jackson counties. Additionally, Missouri recognizes same-sex marriages from other states. 

Surprisingly, Emery hasn't experienced much backlash over the bill on Twitter, although we did find this little gem: 

Kansas City Homeless Shelter Refuses To House Married Same-Sex Couples Together


A Kansas City homeless shelter says it won't house same-sex couples together even if they're legally married in the state of Missouri.

The 90-year-old City Union Mission, in the heart of downtown Kansas City, provides shelter to up to 550 people every night, including families and children.

Dan Doty, City Union Mission's executive director, told The Kansas City Star that the shelter's board has had discussions about housing same-sex couples together over the years but has decided to "stay true to our biblical convictions."

Doty“I knew this day would come, especially when the media would begin asking that question,” Doty said, deeply concerned about what effect the nonprofit’s decision could have on its broad community support and donations. “I truly hope you understand the can of worms this could open.

“…We are a Christian, faith-based organization that really does adhere to biblical standards. Our view is that it (same-sex marriage) is inappropriate. Our intent is not to shelter same-sex couples together.”

The article explains that because City Union Mission is a religiously affiliated organization that receives no government funding, it is not bound by nondiscrimination laws. Doty said City Union Mission will house gays and lesbians individually, but requires transgender people to dress according to their birth sex when they're in the facility.

Same-sex couples who want to be housed together will be referred to other facilities. Representatives from local Salvation Army and Catholic Charities shelters told The Star they will house married same-sex couples together, while another shelter in Topeka said it's still undecided on the issue.

In related news, KSHB Channel 4 reported last week that City Union Mission is facing a $300,000 budget shortfall and is banking on a generous holiday giving season to make up for the deficit. 

But after Sunday's story in The Star about City Union Mission's decision not to house same-sex couples together, the shelter probably shouldn't count on getting much help from the LGBT community or its supporters. 

"So, you discriminate against gays now," Chris Jozwiak wrote on the shelter's Facebook page. "Sounds fine. You'll be doing so without support of my friends and family moving forward. And I'll make sure and pass on the news as often and loudly as possible so others join me. Jesus didn't stop and question people about who they loved before he helped them. You're apparently not worthy."

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article3971676.html#storylink=cthat because

More Harrowing Footage from the World's Tallest Water Slide: VIDEO


The other day we showed you the first footage from The Verrückt, the world's tallest water slide in Kansas City which is more than 17-stories tall. Garmin VIRB, an upstart competitor to the GoPro, is showing off its video capabilities in a new clip featuring a few rides on the precipitous ride.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Check Out the Insane Water Slide Coming to Kansas City: VIDEO


Schlitterbahn, a Kansas City, KS water park is going to welcome Verrückt, the world's tallest waterslide, this summer.

It's estimated to be 17 stories tall but will be officially measured later this year, and here's a virtual tour of the wet thriller. Not for the faint of heart.

Verrückt is German for "insane", of course.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...


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Country Singer Vince Gill Confronts the Westboro Baptist Church: VIDEO


The Westboro Baptist Church came out to picket country singer Vince Gill at a concert in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday, and Gill came out to troll them back. Here's my transcript.

GillWBC member: "Vince Gill, what in the world are you doing out here?"

Gill: "I just came to see what hate looked like. I came out to see what hatred really looked like in the face."

WBC member: "Well, more importantly, what are you doing with another man's wife? Don't you know that divorce plus remarriage equals adultery?"

Gill: "Don't you know that you f**kers are lucky that you don't have a sign that says something about my wife?"

WBC member: "Jesus Christ said that."

Gill: "You know what else he said? He said a lot of stuff about forgiveness, about grace. And you guys don't have any of it. (Looks at another WBC member) I’ve seen you on TV, man. You’re a big dips**t. You know that don't you?”

WBC member: "I don't care what you think?"

Gill: "Are any of you guys Phelpses? Or are you guys like the C team?"


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Brother and Gay Partner Involved in Kansas City Hospital Arrest Discuss Incident: VIDEO


Kansas City's KSHB interviewed both parties in the hospital room dispute that went viral this week after Roger Gorley was removed in handcuffs from his sick partner's bedside.


Kc_mansellRoger says the dispute started after his partner Allen's brother Lee called 911 after not being able to reach him and had him taken to the hospital:

He said Lee shouldn't have called 911 without letting him know in the first place.

"Haul your husband into a hospital without even talking to me about it -- that's like overwriting us as a couple of who we are," Roger said. "That would be like me going over to his house and taking his wife and hauling her off to the hospital without talking to him."

Lee and Roger and up getting into an argument over Allen's medical care in the hospital room.

"I know the conversation got a little heated, and the nurse had come in the first time and said 'you two need to leave the room,' so we kind of quieted down for a minute," Lee recounted. "Roger wanted me to leave the room, and I told him 'well, no, you need to leave the room' and the nurses came in the second time and said 'you both need to leave the room.'"

A nurse called security officers when Roger refused to leave, the station says:

Cpt. Steve Young, a spokesperson for the Kansas City Police Department, said officers were called to Research Medical Center by the hospital security. When they arrived, Roger was already in handcuffs and bleeding. The KCPD officers wore gloves to transfer Roger into their cuffs as standard procedure.

Roger told 41 Action News he wasn't being disruptive -- and that security got violent.

"Hospital security came, and it started to hit me on my wrist" while he was holding onto Allen's bed, Roger said. "(They) hit me ... because I was holding on, and they kept hitting and kept hitting and kept hitting."

But Lee said this is all being blown out of proportion. He said he only wants what's best for his brother, and that it's not a gay rights issue.


More background...
Differing Accounts Emerge in Story of Gay Man Arrested at Patient's Bedside at KC Hospital
Gay Man Arrested at Hospital for Refusing to Leave Sick Partner's Bedside: VIDEO

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