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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 27, 2014

Treasurer Zweifel releases statement regarding MOSERS board decision to apply equal benefits to same-sex spouses in Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY – State Treasurer Clint Zweifel (ZWY-ful) today released the following statement regarding the MOSERS board decision to apply equal benefits to same-sex spouses in Missouri that were married in other states. Treasurer Zweifel is a board member on MOSERS and brought forward the motion to recognize benefits for same-sex spouses.

“As a supporter of marriage equality, I applaud today’s decision by the MOSERS board to recognize the ruling of Barrier v. Vasterling and no longer deny same-sex spouses the benefits they are entitled to simply because of who they love. The statute protecting discrimination and preventing equality has been ruled unconstitutional. As of today, MOSERS will begin recognizing same-sex marriages from the 32 states that have marriage equality.

The tide of history and the march towards equality must not be ignored.  In order for Missouri to move forward, we must show the world we stand for inclusion and equality for everyone. To compete in a 21st century economy, we must ensure that we are attracting the best jobs and the best people.  For Missouri to serve as a model for progress and growth, we must do what is right and just for all of our citizens.

I am proud of the step MOSERS has taken today for equality in Missouri.”

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