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Thu Feb 9, 2017, 07:56 PM

Anti-Discrimination Bill Introduced in Missouri Statehouse for 19th Consecutive Year

In Missouri, it's perfect legal to discriminate against someone on the basis of their sexual orientation. You can fire a person for being gay, refuse to rent to them or even turn them away from your store.

For the nineteenth consecutive year, legislation that would change that appalling reality has been introduced in the statehouse. For the nineteenth year, Democrats aim to try again to take away the right to discriminate.

The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, or MONA, would bar discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. If it became law, those categories would be added to Missouri's Human Rights Act, which already prevents such bias against anyone based on sex, race or national origin.

The bill is sponsored in the House by Representatives Randy Dunn (D-Kansas City) and Greg Razer (D-Kansas City), both openly gay men, and in the Senate by Senators Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) and Tracy McCreery (D-St. Louis).

Read more: http://www.riverfronttimes.com/newsblog/2017/02/09/anti-discrimination-bill-introduced-in-missouri-statehouse-for-19th-consecutive-year

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