“This year, dozens of cities across the nation showed they are willing to stand up for LGBTQ people in their communities even when some state governments are not,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “This builds on a trend we have long observed: that local governments are at the forefront of our fight for equality. Unfortunately, our opponents have witnessed this progress too, and in recent years, anti-LGBTQ lawmakers have pushed spiteful legislation aimed at pre-empting local protections. That’s why it’s so important that we continue to not only fight for equality at the state and local levels, but to enact comprehensive federal protections for LGBTQ people under the Equality Act.”As a state, Missouri still has far to go. Statewide, it is still perfectly legal to discriminate against gay people. Are you a newspaper publisher who doesn't want to run an ad for a same-sex wedding or a baker who'd rather not provide a cake for a gay couple? You don't need that special "religious freedom" amendment that was narrowly defeated after an epic filibuster in the statehouse last year; in Missouri, you're already within your rights.
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