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Missouri gay trooper’s partner sues

The gay partner of a Missouri trooper killed in a Christmas Day accident sued for the survivor’s benefit denied him because the men’s 15-year relationship was not legally recognized by the state.

Cpl. Dennis Engelhard, a 49-year-old Missouri State Highway patrolman, was investigating an accident when he was hit and killed by a vehicle last year.

Under Missouri law, spouses of highway patrol officers and Missouri Department of Transportation workers killed while on duty are entitled to an annuity of 50 percent of the employee’s salary.

But Engelhard’s partner was denied the benefit – despite being named as beneficiary on other assets – because the men weren’t married, and even if they had been it wouldn’t be recognized in Missouri.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit.

From WiG and AP reports

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