Kelly Glossip: ACLU Fights Missouri to Get Benefits for Same-Sex Spouse of Killed Trooper

The official defendant in this case is the Missouri Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol Employees' Retirement System. A spokeswoman for the Attorney General's office, which is representing the state in this matter, tells Daily RFT that they do not have a comment in advance of today's hearing.

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But the respondent's brief filed last month, also on full view below, argues that the lower court correctly determined that the statutory classification limiting survivor benefits to surviving spouses or eligible children does not violate "equal protection."

Another part of the state's argument is that Missouri's equal protection clause should not be interpreted more broadly than its federal counterpart.

The couple met in April of 1995 and lived in Robertsville in Franklin County. They had exchanged rings on a Christmas Day years before Engelhard died.

"While the Constitution of Missouri can't bring back Dennis, it can prevent all the other losses that were caused by Missouri law," says Rothert.

Check out more photos and the full legal arguments below.

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