People say we want "special rights" when we demand the right to legally marry. What we want is equal rights. This couple has been together for 15 years. They shared a home, they raised a son, they loved each other. Now the state of Missouri is denying the surviving partner death benefits that are available to legally married opposite-sex partners. This is not a special right, this is common decency for any spouse who loses their law enforcement partner.
Via The Advocate:
Cpl. Dennis Engelhard died on Christmas Day 2009 after he was hit by a car as he investigated an accident. While spouses and opposite-sex partners of Missouri state troopers can receive an annuity of 50% of the employee’s salary, Glossip is being denied the benefit. Glossip is raising a teenage son, who Englehard considered a stepson.