A House committee passed the bill that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri's Nondiscrimination Act.
This is an important first step to protect LGBT people who may be legally fired from their job, denied housing or kicked out of a restaurant because they are LGBT, or simply perceived as LGBT people.
Many organizations like PROMO Missouri, AARP, Monsanto, the Missouri National Education Association, Greater Kansas City Chamber City of Commerce and the ACLU of Missouri supported the bill.
Gay Democrat state representative Greg Razer, who introduced the bill, said:
“We know where history's going to lead us on this. Eventually, the state's going to do the right thing, and we're going to keep pressing until we force the state to do the right thing, which is to protect all Missourians against discrimination,” Razer said. “That's not likely this year, but I'm not going to stop fighting.”
The anti-discrimination bill has advanced in Missouri. I hope we will get a positive outcome even if we will have to be patient.