MasterCard Joins Growing Array of Businesses Speaking Out Against Missouri’s SJR 39By Megan Clayton • March 16, 2016 • 12:02 pm
There’s a new ally in the fight against Missouri’s SJR 39, legislation which would send a constitutional amendment to the ballot allowing individuals, businesses, and organizations to discriminate against LGBT people.
President of Technologies and Operations at MasterCard Rob Reeg released a statement last week lauding Governor Jay Nixon for his commitment to protecting the rights of the LGBT community and urging him to stand firm against any legislation that would allow discrimination.
“I have long admired your commitment as the Governor of Missouri to fight for the rights of the LGBT community. It is in this light that I reach out again to applaud your opposition to Senate Joint Resolution 39. MasterCard condemns any legislation that has the potential to allow for discrimination in any form. …
Equal to our determination to operate the safest and fastest payment network in the world is our commitment to our people, specifically our dedication to diversity and inclusion. Diversity is built into the fabric of our company, and inclusion is what propels us to leverage our technology and expertise to benefit people of all demographics and sexual orientations. I am honored to be a part of a world-class culture here at MasterCard that is rooted in acceptance and tolerance, and it gives me great comfort knowing that our company shares these same values with you.
On behalf of our large employee base in Missouri, as well as all of our thousands of employees throughout the world, I thank you for all that you do to fight discrimination and promote equality.”
Missouri is home to MasterCard’s global technology headquarters, MasterCard Technologies, which employs 3,000 Missourians. They join a growing list of businesses and business groups concerned about the effect this legislation could have on Missouri’s business climate. The St. Louis Regional Chamber, the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Dow and Monsanto have spoken out about the discriminatory legislation.
SJR 39 passed the Senate last week after Missouri’s eight Democratic state senators filibustered the bill for nearly 40 hours. That filibuster has spurred a national attention as well as a statewide outcry from the business community as well religious leaders and everyday citizens. Governor Nixon has publicly signaled his opposition to the bill.
Freedom for All Americans is proud to be standing alongside PROMO, Missouri’s statewide organization advocating for LGBT equality, to fight this anti-LGBT initiative.