JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act has been filed in the state legislature for the 22nd year in a row this week.
The act, which would add orientation and gender identity to the state’s Human Rights Statute, was filed by out State Rep. Greg Razer of Kansas City.
The fact that Missouri law doesn’t cover LGBTQ has been continuing issue, most recently with a lawsuit by a fired gay cop in St. Louis County.
According to the Williams Institute, more than 160,000 LGBTQ adults in Missouri would benefit from an expanded state nondiscrimination law that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
Razer said that “Missouri will enter the year 2020 with laws still in place allowing for the legal discrimination of its LGBTQ citizens. It is beyond time for our state to finally step up and protect all Missourians. With growing support from both sides of the aisle, it’s time for leadership in Jefferson CIty to care enough to act.”
Steph Perkins, executive director of state LGBTQ group PROMO, said, “In a year where protections for LGBTQ people will be debated by candidates all across the country, it is ever more important for this critical legislation to be filed. This year, PROMO will again be in the Capitol every single day, working with legislators to create an environment where elected officials on both sides of the aisle are ready to vote YES on the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act.”