Governor Jay Nixon Urges Missouri Lawmakers to Advance LGBT Non-Discrimination ProtectionsBy Megan Clayton • July 8, 2015 • 11:05 am
Yesterday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon issued Executive Order 15-04, instructing all state agencies, commissions, departments and institutions to fully implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling affirming the freedom to marry.
Governor Nixon’s order ensures that legally wed same-sex couples are afforded the protections and respect of marriage. But in announcing the order, the Governor went one step further by underscoring the urgent need for state lawmakers to advance legislation prohibiting discrimination against LGBT Missourians in employment, housing and public accommodations. He said:
“Same-sex couples now have the right to get married, but here in Missouri, individuals can still be fired for being gay. That’s wrong, it’s not who we are – and it must change. That’s why I’m reiterating my call for the General Assembly to pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination against LGBT Missourians in employment, housing and public accommodations.” In Missouri—and a majority of states around the country—it’s legal to discriminate against gay and transgender people simply because of who they are. The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) would change that, by modernizing state law to include explicit protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.
And momentum for this critical legislation is building in the Show Me State, with more than 1,000 businesses—including major Missouri companies like Sprint and H&R Block—pledging their support and urging lawmakers to pass MONA without delay.
Freedom for All Americans thanks Governor Nixon for speaking out, and we look forward to working alongside him and our local partners to ensure that soon, all LGBT Missourians are protected from discrimination under the law.