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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 05:48 PM

Missourians For Equality Hold Petition Kickoff To Change State Nondiscrimination Policy

The gay and lesbian community is pushing to be included in a state law to protect against discrimination. The nonpartisan political action committee Missourians for Equality is kicking off its statewide petition drive in several areas across

The six-month old organization is seeking over 100,000 signatures for a ballot measure in the hopes of including gender identity and sexual discrimination into the stateís nondiscrimination policy. Executive director and co-founder Aaron Malin has been passionate about the issue since middle school, when he witnessed anti-gay bullying and discrimination.

ďWhen you see human beings being treated that poorly, it really motivates you to act. Itís driven me to be invested ever since and I imagine itís something Iíll be invested in for the rest of my life,Ē he says

Smaller communities in and around the St. Louis area have amended their discrimination policies to accommodate the LGBT community, and citizens are now banding together to make it a state law.


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