Monday, December 20, 2010
Missouri Gives Gay Trooper Killed on Duty a Highway, Still Denies Benefits to His Partner
By Chad Garrison
on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 9:42 AM
That's the same highway on which Engelhard was killed last Christmas Day
when an SUV lost control in the ice and snow and struck the trooper as he assisted a stranded motorist.
Left behind was Engelhard's partner of 15 years, Kelly Glossip
, who's been denied survivor benefits
because the state doesn't recognize same-sex relationships. Engelhard and Glossip lived together, raising Glossip's son from a previous relationship as their child.
So, in light of today's highway dedication, let's get this straight: Missouri considers Engelhard enough of a hero to name a road after him while continuing to deny his loved ones their rightful benefits because we do not approve of his sexuality?
Merry 'effing Christmas.
A stretch of Interstate 44 in Franklin County will be dedicated today to Missouri Highway Patrol trooper