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Ozark Fire Department Can't Offer Benefits To Same-Sex Couple

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Ozark Fire Department Can't Offer Benefits To Same-Sex Couple

By Nancy Simpson. CREATED Aug 28, 2014

An attorney for the Ozark Fire Protection District says the department doesn't have the authority to extend benefits to employees in same-sex marriages. 

Fire Captain Andi Mooneyham wanted the board to recognize same-sex partners so her wife could be covered under her health insurance. 

The fire district's attorney says they couldn't make that change because the state constitution doesn't allow the board to redefine the word "spouse." 

The issue is expected to be discussed at a meeting on Tuesday.

Nancy Simpson

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With a passion for news, Nancy has worked at KTTS for 15 years. Awarded Best Newscast from Missouri Broadcasters Association and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting