JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied Missourians are expected tomorrow (Feb. 16) at PROMO's annual Equality Day at the Missouri State Capitol building.


During the event, organized by the statewide LGBT advocacy organization, equality supporters will meet with and urge elected officials to support legislation protecting LGBT Missourians from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodation, in addition to arguing against a host of anti-equality legislation.


Also on Tuesday, a hearing will be held on Sen. Kurt Schaefer’s (R-Columbia) SB916 at 1p.m. in the Senate Lounge. PROMO is calling on Sen. Kurt Schaefer to stop the bill. If passed, it would drastically impact Missouri’s economy, as we saw with this recent report from Indiana. The full language of the bill is as follows:


Under the Missouri Human Rights Act, the term "employer" is defined to exclude corporations and associations owned and operated and operated by religious or sectarian groups. This act removes that exclusion and instead excludes any house of worship or other religious organization.


 

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