Springfield residents feel the impact of this vote. The NO Repeal campaign touched many lives and has moved Springfield forward immensely in regards to LGBT issues. With 100s of volunteers, 1,000s of volunteer hours and direct conversations with voters, and over 200,000 people reached on Facebook, One Springfield is proud of what they have accomplished and proud of how Springfield has grown throughout this process.
PROMO and the entire community of Springfield will continue to focus on the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the Missouri Human Rights Statute, which currently prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations for other protected categories, including race, sex, and national origin. According to the Williams Institute, more than 160,000 LGBT adults in Missouri would benefit from an expanded state nondiscrimination law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO, concluded, “While we are disappointed in tonight’s vote, we know Springfield is a better community because of this campaign, and were proud to be a part it. We are grateful to all of the individuals, families, businesses, and faith leaders who spoke up throughout this campaign. We are still here for each other, and we will still work together to continue to make Springfield a welcoming place for ALL people. Tomorrow, just as today, we continue working to achieve equality.”