We work to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people can live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.
In October 2014, the ACLU of Missouri won a historic case, Barrier v. Vasterling, which obligates Missouri to recognize the lawful marriages of same-same couples who were legally wed outside the state. This win paved the way for the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs to grant spousal benefits to Missouri’s married same-sex couples who wed elsewhere. Missouri’s Barrier v. Vasterling helped provide critical case law for an ACLU National case: Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the court held the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples.
The ACLU of Missouri has a long history of working for LGBT equality in the courts, at the legislature and in the arena of public education.

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