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posted Friday, November 1 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 44
Missouri Supreme Court denies partner benefits suit
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Missouri Supreme Court denies partner benefits suit

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In what could be described as a classic 'Catch-22,' the Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the same-sex partner of a Missouri Highway Patrol officer killed in the line of duty is not entitled to survivor benefits because the two weren't married.

Highway Patrol Corporal Dennis Engelhard was killed on Christmas Day 2005, when he was struck by an out-of-control car while assisting another stranded driver.

His partner of 15 years, Kelly Glossip, applied for and was denied survivor benefits.

Glossip then sued, saying the law restricting benefits to married spouses was discriminatory because under Missouri state law he was prevented from marrying Engelhard.

In a 5-2 opinion issued October 29, the state's Supreme Court ruled that Glossip was not entitled to benefits. The law discriminates on the basis of marriage, the court said, not sexual orientation.

'Glossip was denied survivor benefits because he and the patrolman were not married, not because of his sexual orientation,' the court's opinion stated.

'If Glossip and the patrolman had been of different sexes, Glossip would have still been denied benefits no matter how long or close their relationship had been. The result cannot be any different here simply because Glossip and the patrolman were of the same sex. The statute discriminates solely on the basis of marital status, not sexual orientation.'

A 'BLEMISH' ON HISTORY
In a statement, PROMO of St. Louis, a statewide LGBT rights group, said it was disappointed in the ruling.

'The Missouri Supreme Court decided on narrow grounds to deny survivor benefits because Kelly Glossip and Cpl. Dennis Englehard were not married in a jurisdiction where marriage is legally recognized,' says the statement.

'The Supreme Court ruling was a disappointment for Kelly Glossip and their son. The ruling denies a true recognition for the commitment of the couple and their family. They exchanged rings on Christmas Day, several years before the passing of Engelhard.'

A.J. Bockelman, executive director of PROMO, also had harsh words for the court's opinion.

'With the wave of lawsuits and marriage cases going forward around the country, this statement is an embarrassment to justice, equality, and will be go down in history as a blemish,' Bockelman said.

'Make no mistake, equality and justice will prevail, and the fight will continue.'

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