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Mo. governor Jay Nixon calls for workplace protections for gay workers

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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Jeff Roberson, AP
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon delivers the annual State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Jefferson City, Mo.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called on the state’s Republican-led Legislature to pass legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Many Democrats applauded Nixon for including the proposal among his priorities outlined in the State of the State address Tuesday night.

“We need to end discrimination against LGBT Missourians in the workplace. No Missourian should be fired because of who they are or who they love,” said Nixon. “Last year, the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act passed the Senate with bipartisan support, but failed to get to my desk. Let¹s get that done this year.”

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But the measure’s chances of passing are unclear. Some Republicans expressed caution Wednesday and criticized Nixon, a Democrat, for championing the proposal while ignoring other policy initiatives.

Current state law prohibits discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex and disability.

Legislation to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation passed the Senate on the last day of session last year, but never received a House vote.

At least one House member – Anne Zerr, of St. Charles – said she was glad Nixon pushed for the measure in his speech.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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10 more reader comments:

  1. Anyone know if it was only for sexual preference or if it’s likely to include gender identity/expression?

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:01pm
  2. and in Nigeria they’re being executed

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:04pm
  3. Usually they start out with sexual preference and work their way to gender identity.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:04pm
  4. Yeah, try to see it the way whitebread does, gay=trans to them, it doesn't but judges are smarter and generally interpret a law passed which, *gasp* protects people broadly, so if the judge thought "this law is ambiguous it could means Gay OR trans" s/he would interpret it to mean both, as a general rule.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:27pm
  5. but without a law, the judge would fuck them both over. passing laws is important.

    Replied on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:27pm
  6. Sounds like a sensible man.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:16pm
  7. With All the violence and Sate supported bigotry this is a welcome call!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 6:55pm
  8. Way to go governor. Now we just need the House to get on board and push this bill.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:18pm
  9. nice

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:48pm
  10. You tell them, Nixon!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:19pm