Missouri is known as the Show-Me State. As of 2006, Missouri
has an estimated population of 5,842,713.
The two largest Missouri rivers are the Mississippi
and the Missouri river that flows west to east through the state connecting the two
largest cities, Kansas City and St. Louis.
Residents of the state's large metropolitan areas, including those where most of the
state's population resides Kansas City, St. Louis, Columbia, typically consider themselves
Midwestern, while in rural areas and cities farther south (Cape Girardeau, Poplar Bluff,
Springfield, and Sikeston), people typically consider themselves more Southern.
Missouri Gay Issues:
2004 - Anti-same-sex marriage constitutional amendment banned
marriage for same-sex couples.
1996 - Anti-same-sex marriage statute banned marriage for same-sex couples,
which was subsequently overturned by its state supreme court.
Has domestic violence laws that are gender neutral and include
household members and dating partners.
Has no sodomy laws.
Second-Parent Adoption For Gays And Lesbians
It is unclear whether the state adoption law permits
Sexually Oriented Hate Crimes
Has hate crime laws that include crimes based in
sexual orientation or gender identity
Some Missouri Cities:
Branson - Cape Girardeau - Chillicothe - Columbia - Gladstone - Hannibal
Jackson - Jefferson City - Joplin - Kansas City - Lake of the Ozarks
Lee's Summit - Maryville - Mountain Grove - Poplar Bluff - St. Louis
St. Louis - Salem - Sedalia - Springfield - Warrensburg - Weston
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