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All relevant news and information regarding LGBTQ non-discrimination in The Show Me State.


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Anti-LGBT Ballot Initiative Officially Fails in Missouri Legislature

By Megan Clayton • May 6, 2016, 10:20 am Missouri’s SJR-39, which would have placed a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot allowing small businesses and individuals to refuse services to LGBT Missourians, has officially failed in the legislature.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Big Steps Forward in Missouri, Louisiana and South Carolina

By Adam Polaski • April 30, 2016, 8:04 am We're nearing the end of legislative sessions in many states this month, and as they draw to a close, we're seeing continued momentum in favor of LGBT non-discrimination protections – and against anti-LGBT proposals.
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NCAA Unveils New Plans to Prioritize Non-Discrimination in Bids for Host Cities

By Adam Polaski • April 28, 2016, 1:03 pm This week at their quarterly meeting in Indianapolis, the Board of Governors of the NCAA voted on a new rule requiring cities wishing to host or bid on NCAA events to demonstrate how they will "provide an environment that is safe, healthy, and free of discrimination."
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Step Forward: Missouri House Committee Votes Against Anti-LGBT SJR-39

By Adam Polaski • April 27, 2016, 2:33 pm Great news today out of Missouri, where the House Emerging Issues Committee did NOT advance the anti-LGBT SJR-39, which would place a proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot allowing small businesses and individuals to refuse services to LGBT Missourians.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Avalanche of Business & Celebrity Opposition to Anti-LGBT Laws

By Adam Polaski • April 15, 2016, 4:55 pm With steps forward in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Massachusetts, executive orders issued in North Carolina and Mississippi, and legislative advances for anti-LGBT bills in Alabama and Missouri, there was lots happening. Here's a roundup:
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In Late-Night, 4-Hour Hearing, Missouri Business Leaders Fight for Non-Discrimination

By Adam Polaski • April 13, 2016, 3:30 pm Businesses from across the country and across the state have united in opposition to SJR 39, and lawmakers should heed their warning and consider the implications this legislation would have on Missouri’s economy.
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80+ Businesses in Missouri Form Coalition to Defeat Anti-LGBT Constitutional Amendment

By Adam Polaski • April 12, 2016, 11:30 am This morning, many of Missouri’s most respected business leaders announced the formation of Missouri Competes, a coalition of 80+ businesses large and small from across the state who oppose Senate Joint Resolution 39.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: Anti-LGBT Legislation Prompts Historic Pushback

By Adam Polaski • April 8, 2016, 5:04 pm This week Mississippi joined North Carolina as one of the few states to actually pass egregious anti-LGBT legislation this year – but the bill quickly pushed through by the Mississippi Legislature and signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant is one of the worst we've seen in the country.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: National Outrage in North Carolina as Advocates Claim Victories in Two States

By Adam Polaski • April 4, 2016, 2:03 pm Last week the movement to win LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination took two big jumps forward when governors in two states rejected bills that would have enforced broad discrimination against LGBT people.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: All Eyes on Georgia with Anti-LGBT Bill 1 Signature from Law

By Adam Polaski • March 19, 2016, 9:46 am This week anti-LGBT legislation advanced in states across the country – but nowhere is a bill more extreme or closer to becoming law than in Georgia, where HB 757, a very broad religious exemption bill cobbled together from several anti-LGBT bills, was shoved through the legislature unexpectedly on Wednesday.
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Largest Business Association in Missouri Urges Lawmakers to Reject SJR-39

By Adam Polaski • March 18, 2016, 10:19 am "Despite the technical changes in the resolution, the Missouri Chamber cannot ignore the detrimental impact this would have on our state's economy," the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry said this week.
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MasterCard Joins Growing Array of Businesses Speaking Out Against Missouri’s SJR 39

By Megan Clayton • March 16, 2016, 12:02 pm 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.
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LISTEN: Missouri Lawmaker Can’t Describe Why Racial Discrimination Differs from Anti-LGBT Discrimination

By Megan Clayton • March 8, 2016, 2:39 pm As Missouri Senate Democrats’ filibuster to oppose discrimination approaches a full 24 hours, it’s easy to forgot just how simple this dangerous bill (SJR39) really is.
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Missouri Lawmakers Surpass 18 Hours of Filibuster for Anti-LGBT Bill

By Adam Polaski • March 8, 2016, 11:02 am Since Monday, March 7 at 4:00pm CT, a group of dedicated Senators in Missouri have been leading a passionate filibuster against SJR39, legislation that would send to the ballot an anti-LGBT proposed constitutional amendment.
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This Week in LGBT Non-Discrimination: As the Nation Pushes Back, Lawmakers Quietly Abandon Anti-LGBT Bills

By Adam Polaski • February 26, 2016, 5:03 pm While we took big steps forward in defeating anti-LGBT measures this week, however, several heinous bills are dangerously close to becoming law. Here's a look: