Target: Senator Joe Keaveny, sponsor of the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act
Goal: Support bill that would add protections for LGBT people to the state’s civil rights laws.
Missouri recently made news after a “religious freedom” bill that would allow business owners to deny service to LGBT people for religious reasons was defeated.. However, there currently exists no law protecting Missouri’s LGBT citizens from discrimination. Sign the petition and urge Missouri lawmakers to provide legal protection for LGBT people.
Missouri’s civil rights law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, race, and other factors, but it includes no provision for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people. Under current Missouri law, LGBT people can be turned away from businesses or refused service with impunity — even without the protection of a so-called “religious freedom” law. They can be fired from jobs or denied housing without any legal recourse.
The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, which would address this gap in the law’s coverage, was approved by a Senate committee, but no progress has been made on it so far. Sign the petition and urge lawmakers to move forward with the act to ensure legal protection for all citizens.
Dear Senator Keaveny,
The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act is a key piece of legislation that is long overdue. I urge you to push forward and help bring the law to fruition in order to protect Missouri’s LGBT citizens.
While the defeat of the religious freedom bill was a positive step, the fact remains that business owners in Missouri can still discriminate against LGBT people with impunity. LGBT citizens can be denied services, jobs, housing, and other necessities based solely on their identities. This is exactly what civil rights laws are meant to prevent, and the fact that Missouri has still failed to enact such protections in this day and age is shameful.
I hope that in the coming months, the Missouri legislature will return to the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, which has been left untouched for too long, and guide it through the legislative process and into effect as an incredibly important law. I urge you to do all you can to promote the progress of the act.
[Your Name Here]
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