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Trooper's partner laments lack of legal protection

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The longtime domestic partner of a Missouri state trooper killed in the line of duty on Christmas Day says he's both grieving a death and struggling financially.

Kelly Glossip says he's not an activist on gay issues. But he believes Missouri needs a civil union law that would give same-sex couples the same rights on property and other matters that marriage gives heterosexual couples.

Glossip's domestic partner of 15 years, Highway Patrol Cpl. Dennis Engelhard, was struck and killed Dec. 25 while working an accident on a snowy highway in Eureka.

Glossip cannot work regularly because of back problems, and he has no right to Engelhard's pension.

The Highway Patrol says Missouri law specifies that only a spouse or eligible dependent is entitled to an officer's pension.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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