Saint Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley discusses why he supports the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act.
"I’ve seen a lot of discrimination in my life, and I know what it can do to our communities. Missouri needs to be inclusive. We need to stand up for our sons and our daughters, our cousins, aunts and uncles by passing this legislation."—Charlie Dooley
[Steve] Urie was let go, and says the reason he was given was that he brought ‘homosexuality into the workplace.’ “I was fired for being gay,” he said. “If I was straight, it wouldn’t have been an issue.”
— Kansas City Star, “Push for gay rights makes strides in Missouri Senate,” 6/16/13
A Missouri poll conducted April 8-17 for Small Business Majority by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research reveals 70% of the state’s entrepreneurs believe federal law should prohibit employment discrimination against gay and transgender people. Furthermore, 71% of owners believe Missouri should have a state law prohibiting this type of discrimination.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster speaks at Truman Days and recognizes Senator Jolie Justus.
“Last night at 5:45pm with 15 minutes left in the Missouri legislative session of 2013, Senator Jolie Justus passed the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act. It was an attempt to make it illegal to fire someone simply because they are gay, to refuse to rent a hotel room to someone simply because they are gay. She passed it on the floor of Missouri Senate, unfortunately, not time left to pass it on the other side of the Missouri Capitol so it did not become a law, but the fact that in our home in the state of Missouri, such a measure was taken up in an overwhelmingly Republican Senate, and it passed by a vote of 19-11, it’s deserving of extraordinary respect and recognition.”
State Rep. Bonnaye Mims from Kansas City discusses her support for MONA, the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act.
The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (or MONA) would extend the existing Missouri Human Rights Statute to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories, thereby prohibiting discrimination against the LGBT community.