The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

June 26, 2013

Joplin’s LGBT community celebrates Supreme Court rulings

Same-sex marriage opponents express dismay

JOPLIN, Mo. — Members of Joplin’s LGBT community and supporters on Wednesday celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions related to same-sex marriage. Those who oppose same-sex marriage said the rulings were troublesome.

LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.

“In my mind, it is the righting of a wrong,” said AmyKay Cole, faculty adviser of the Equality Alliance at Missouri Southern State University. “It’s long overdue and cause for tremendous celebration.”

Cole, who is heterosexual, said it is wrong that she has rights that aren’t available to LGBTs.

“It’s a gross injustice that I have rights that other people don’t have,” she said. “It’s offensive to me.”

Cole said everyone has a right to religious beliefs regarding marriage equality, but no one has a right to impose those beliefs on others.

“I’m extremely happy and excited about what is going to come for us in the future for the LGBT community,” said Kristen Stacy, president of the MSSU Equality Alliance.

Lee McDaniel, president of the Joplin Gay Lesbian Center, was vacationing in Rhode Island, where he planned to celebrate with a marriage equality group with a champagne toast in a national park.

“I feel excited,” McDaniel said. “I think these are both historic decisions. The court didn’t want to embrace a separate-but-equal definition of marriage.”

McDaniel, who is gay, said it was no time to become comfortable and complacent.

“The fight for equality isn’t over,” he said. He said the rulings don’t establish the right for gay people to marry in Missouri, and they don’t require Missouri to recognize same-sex marriages if they’re performed in a state where it’s legal.

Same-sex couples who were married and live in states that allow same-sex marriage are eligible for federal benefits under one of the rulings.

“Equal marriage will inevitably come to every state,” McDaniel said. “It’s a civil rights issue that’s moving forward. It’s not moving back.”

Carrie Coffey, board chairman of Joplin Pride, said she hopes the decisions will open eyes and hearts.

“I think it’s pretty exciting,” she said. “I think it’s a good step in the right direction.”

Text Only
Local News
  • 071314stmarysmove.jpg More than 100 volunteers turn out to move school to its new permanent home

    Staff and students of St. Mary’s Elementary School have been through a lot of changes together since their old school at 505 W. 25th St. was destroyed in the 2011 Joplin tornado. Second-grade teacher Bette Schoeberl said the temporary quarters were cramped and that it was sometimes hard to move around. On Saturday, Schoeberl and other staff members moved into their new school building.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fronts to bring cooler weather

    If you can make it through this warm weekend, you’re due for a break. With highs in the mid-90s Saturday and Sunday, and a heat index pushing close to triple digits, the weekend will be warm, but cool weather is on the way, according to Jay Colucci, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Station in Springfield.

    July 12, 2014

  • Public invited to informational meeting at Prairie State Park

    An informational meeting for Prairie State Park in Barton County is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at the park’s Regal Tallgrass Prairie Nature Center.

    July 11, 2014

  • Baxter Springs named Kansas Emergency Medical Service of the Year

    Baxter Springs Emergency Medical Service was recognized recently as the 2014 Kansas Emergency Medical Service of the Year by the Kansas EMT Association.

    July 11, 2014

  • 070114 St Mary's cross 3.jpg Crucifix returns after three-year absence

    The original crucifix at St. Mary’s Catholic Church has come home. It had hung behind the altar since 1968, until the 2011 tornado destroyed the church and nearly everything in it, along with the nearby rectory, school, parish center and more.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • r071014newbiz5.jpg Study examines costs of starting businesses in area towns

    When Firehouse Pottery opened in Joplin this spring, it was just one of the hundreds of new businesses that launch in the Four-State Area each year. Charity Hawkins, a Joplin native, said she and her husband “wanted to do something that would be great” for their hometown and decided to open a business that catered to both youths and adults. But starting a new business is a high-risk gamble.

    July 12, 2014 3 Photos

  • Mike Pound 2010.jpg Mike Pound: Accent pillows overwhelm bedroom

    I’m surrounded by mush. Not fried mush, which I think is one of the greatest breakfast foods ever invented as long as it’s prepared correctly.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wally Kennedy MUG72.jpg Wally Kennedy: Lumpy’s takes BBQ on the road

    You don’t have to travel too far to find a barbecue place. They’re spread out. If you want barbecue in the north part of Joplin, you can visit Woody’s Smokehouse in the village of Airport Drive. If you want something downtown, there’s Sawmill BBQ in the 600 block of South Main Street. Near Seventh Street and Range Line Road is Billy Sims Barbecue.

    July 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • 071114 Mustang1_72.jpg Mustangs roll into Joplin for Mother Road Weekend

    Amanda Massey, of Joplin, gasped when she saw the 1968 fastback Mustang. “This is gorgeous — simply gorgeous,’’ she said. “I have always wanted an old Mustang.’’ With family members in tow, Massey had an opportunity Friday to examine a herd of wild and colorful Mustangs that muscled its way onto Main Street in downtown Joplin for the Mustang Mother Road Weekend.

    July 11, 2014 3 Photos

  • Local libraries target early childhood literacy with state program

    Local libraries are reporting great success so far this summer with the Racing to Read program, an early childhood literacy initiative from the state. The program, established by Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, is designed to help strengthen and expand the quality and availability of library services to address early literacy needs in Missouri.

    July 11, 2014

Must Read


Although the president of the United States is limited to two terms in office, members of Congress have no term limits. Would you support term limits for U.S. representatives and senators?

     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter