Francis Slay used his blog yesterday
to call on state legislators to pass a law allowing gay couples in Missouri to commit to civil unions.
The St. Louis Mayor writes that Illinois' recently enacted law allowing civil unions has made him realize the need for such a law in Missouri.
"The rights now recognized just across the river from us include automatic hospital visitation rights, the ability to make emergency medical decisions for partners, the ability to share a room in a nursing home, adoption and parental rights, pension benefits, inheritance rights, and the right to dispose of a partner's remains," writes Slay, who notes that St. Louis residents have long supported equal rights for gays and lesbians.
In 2004 the majority of city voters voted against a ballot issue banning same-sex marriages in Missouri. The city has also had a domestic partner registry for over a decade.
"June is LGBT Pride month," concluded Slay. "I use the occasion of its celebration to
acknowledge my strong support for a civil unions law in Missouri."
Read a history St. Louis' LGBT community
in this week's Riverfront Times. H/T St. Louis Beacon, which notes that, in addition to supporting the LGBT equality, Slay has several gay siblings.