The Kansas City Council on Thursday will consider expanding its pension plans to include municipal employees in same-sex marriages.
The council’s finance committee endorsed the measure Wednesday, with committee chair Jan Marcason saying it’s part of the council’s long-term philosophy of “inclusiveness” in its benefits. Human resources director Gary O’Bannon said the city has already provided some benefits to same-sex couples that state law allowed, but until now state law prohibited pension benefits for same-sex marriages.
In October, Jackson County Circuit Judge J. Dale Youngs declared that Missouri’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional for denying rights to couples legally married in other states. Republican leaders in the Missouri General Assembly then filed a motion to appeal Youngs’ ruling to the state Supreme Court.
Kansas City elected leaders did not want to fight Youngs’ order, and the city’s Law Department filed a motion last Friday opposing the General Assembly’s motion to intervene.
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On Tuesday, Youngs said the legislators’ deadline to try to intervene in the case had already passed and he no longer has jurisdiction.
| Lynn Horsley, email@example.com