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Court rules partner of killed state trooper not entitled to benefits

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- The Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the same sex partner of a state trooper killed in the line of duty is not entitled to spousal benefits.

Kelly Glossip filed for pension benefits after his long time partner Corporal Dennis Engelhard was killed in the line of duty.

Engelhard was helping a motorist on Interstate 44 in Eureka on Christmas Day of 2009 when he was struck by a car.

The high court denied the benefits saying the couple was not married.

Lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union say even if they were married their union would not be recognized in Missouri which declares a marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The ACLU says the ruling is unfair and shows how gays and lesbians are discriminated against. There is hope the case will prompt lawmakers to pass laws to help protect the righs of same sex couples.

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