On Christmas day, 49-year-old Missouri State Trooper Dennis Englehard was killed while working an accident along Interstate 44 in Eureka.
He was gay.
He had lived with 43-year-old Kelly Glossip for 15 years. The two shared a home. They shared a life. They were both raising Glossip's son from a previous marriage. Talk to people who knew them and they would say they were a "couple" in almost every sense of the word. Glossip is listed as the beneficiary on some of Englehard's assets. But Glossip is not entitled to Englhard's state pension. They're dealing with a Catch-22. If the two men were married Glossip would be entitled to it like a spouse in a heterosexual company. Friends say if the two men could have been married, they would have been. But Missouri does not allow legal gay marriages.
Some people at a Mass of Resurrection celebrating the life of Dennis Englehard at Christ Church Cathedral today said they believe the law ought to be changed.
But Missouri has spoken out against gay marriage. In August 2004, Missouri adopted a constitutional provision restricting same-sex marriage and does not recognize it. Think this is a controversial topic? I just checked out the stltoday.com website. There are 266 comments about the story.