Four years after her super-secretive celebrity wedding in Columbia, Walmart heiress Paige Laurie is divorcing husband Patrick "Bo" Dubbert. In a civil lawsuit Laurie filed after submitting divorce papers, the blonde billionaire claims her husband and his buddy funneled hundreds of thousands of doll ... More >>
Same-sex marriage is officially the law of the land in Illinois. If you're thinking of crossing the river to tie the knot, you probably have questions. Equality Illinois, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, will be hosting Q&A forums throughout December. (See dates below.) Until then, here are six c ... More >>
A change.org petition is in the works as angry comments continue to accumulate on the Facebook page for Research Medical Center in suburban Kansas City. Yesterday, news broke that it forced a gay man from the bedside of his sick partner. In an interview with FOX 4 News, Roger Gorley says that he w ... More >>
Update January 3, 2:15 p.m.: The same-sex marriage bill will not be heard by the state senate until next week, Illinois Senate Democrats said in a statement this afternoon. Several senators whose "yay" votes are considered necessary for the bill to pass are currently away from Springfield due to fam ... More >>
Slay in a No Hate promo.Francis Slay used his blog yesterday to call on state legislators to pass a law allowing gay couples in Missouri to commit to civil unions. The St. Louis Mayor writes that Illinois' recently enacted law allowing civil unions has made him realize the need for such a law in ... More >>
Already today, three U. City couples have formalized their domestic partnerships at City Hall.Margaret Johnson laughed on the phone this morning with Daily RFT as she discussed her newly granted civil union license. Johnson and her partner arrived at the clerk's office in University City ten ... More >>
Today's comment comes in response to a post about how a Catholic diocese in Illinois is choosing to end its adoption and foster care program out of concern that it could be required to place children with gay parents now that Illinois allows homosexuals to commit to civil unions. Reader SMDrPepper c ... More >>
As expected, Illinois governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed off on a bill legalizing civil unions in that state.Two month ago, the measure passed in both houses."We believe in civil rights, and we believe in civil unions," Quinn said at a signing ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center. "We believe ... More >>
Got questions about the recently-passed bill allowing civil unions for same-sex (and opposite-sex) couples in Illinois? Sure you do.So head on over to Bellville, Illinois, on Thursday to hear some experts speak and answer any questions you may have about the unions, which will be available to fol ... More >>
Today in Illinois, both houses of the state legislature approved a bill granting civil unions to same-sex couples. Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill into law, as he said he would support the unions while campaigning.The bill says that a civil union, expressly stated as between "two ... More >>
Two weeks ago, on August 28, the state of Missouri enacted legislation that bars public access to all divorce court records that were on file before that date. Here's the official wording:452.430. Any pleadings, other than the interlocutory or final judgment, in a dissolution of marriage or legal ... More >>
As I mentioned earlier today, August Busch IV officially divorced his wife of 2.5 years on Wednesday. I just returned from the St. Louis County Court where I took a look at the divorce file. Given the Busch clan's predilection for privacy, it's not surprising that the folder on the divorce was wafer ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold encapsulate the local theater scene.
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene.
The former Mrs. Vinson sues her ex-hubby to rid the airwaves of his famous cornpone voice.
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Mike Reid knows firsthand what it's like to bend the rules
Financial woes can separate fathers from their children. One innovative program helps get the situation under control.
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When Wendy Huddleston fell $1,370 behind in child-support payments, she was jailed indefinitely. She needed money or a lawyer -- and she had neither.