JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - This week, Michigan, Wisconsin, and now Kansas have barred anti-LGBT discrimination within their respective state governments.  On Tuesday, an effort to do just that failed in the Missouri House.


State Rep. Greg Razer (D-25-Kansas City) offered an amendment to the rules of the Missouri House of Representatives barring discrimination against LGBTQ House employees.


"It's almost 2020," said Razer, who is openly gay. "Let's not fire the gay guy, just because he's gay."


Following debate, the measure was killed on a voice vote, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports, meaning individual members' stances were not recorded.


Tuesday's action in the Missouri House is particularly frustrating for proponents of the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA), which has been introduced in the legislature for the 21st consecutive year. MONA would add sexual orientation and gender identity to Missouri’s Human Rights Act, which currently prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations for other protected categories, including race, sex and national origin.


PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization, is hosting its Equality Day on Tuesday, February 19, at the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City to lobby for the legislation.