We are seeing anti-LGBT policies and laws implemented in states that are all too close to home. As you may already know, Kansas shamefully removed employment protections for their LGBT state workers, Arkansas passed a bill that prevents cities from enacting their own laws to protect LGBT people from discrimination, and West Virginia just passed a similar bill out of committee that would take local control away from cities. Missouri is no exception. Just in the past two months, we have seen five bills pop up that threaten the quality of life for LGBT Missourians.
The last day of the Missouri Legislative Session is today, and the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) was not voted on this year. After 2013, when MONA passed in the Missouri Senate, and public support by over 540 Missouri businesses, there were high hopes that it would be voted on again in 2014. These businesses strongly urged the Missouri Legislature to pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act this year.
April 2, 2014: This week, the LGBT community celebrates the support of over 350 Missouri-based companies ranging from the small business to the Fortune 500 now voicing their support for workplace protections to the Missouri General Assembly. Larger corporations that have voiced support include Thompson Coburn LLP, Bryan Cave LLP, JPMorgan Chase, Monsanto, Pfizer, Husch Blackwell, Pinnacle Entertainment, Penn National Gaming, Polsinellli, the Missouri Bar Association of Saint Louis, and Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.
March 6, 2014 (Kansas City, MO) - Today the City Council of Kansas City voted unanimously to approve Resolution 140201 introduced by Councilman-at-Large Scott Wagner (District 1) that calls to end statewide discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation against the LGBT community by supporting the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA).
February 27, 2014 (Saint Louis, MO): This week both Boone County and Saint Louis City Public Schools have changed their policies to impact same-sex couples.
WEBSTER GROVES, MO – Following a unanimous vote this evening (Feb. 5, 2013), the Webster Groves City Council approved an amendment to the city’s Fair Housing Code. The amendment would protect renters and buyers from being discriminated against based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
(July 26, 2011) This evening, the Olivette City Council passed, with a unanimous vote, two pieces of legislation that would include nondiscrimination protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Olivette in employment, housing and public accommodations, as well as the creation of a Domestic Partner Registry.