Same-sex couples to get state benefits in Missouri

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Spouses in some same-sex Missouri couples will be able to get state health insurance and get survivor benefits from the state retirement system. A Kansas City circuit judge’s ruling clears the way for state government to recognize the marriages of same-sex Missouri couples married in states that recognize same-sex marriages as legal.

But same-sex marriage licenses issued in Missouri are not considered valid because the state constitution defined marriage as taking place between a man and a woman. The retirement system is not yet allowing already-retired same-sex couples to sign up for survivor benefits.

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