WHY IT MATTERS
Love is love. Our society will not be truly equal until everyone enjoys the same freedoms and protections. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people should be able to live openly without discrimination and enjoy equal rights, personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association.
CALLS TO ACTION
Say YES to MONA – MO SB 945, HB 1572 Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA) has now been filed in both chambers with bipartisan support! Senator Brian Williams (D 14) filed SB 945 taking the opportunity to protect LGBTQ Missourians from discrimination.
“As a State Senator, and the only black male in the Missouri Senate, I stand ready to help bend, and push, and pull our law into the 21st Century, and to finally achieve justice for our LGBTQ citizens. This is not a fight our friends, neighbors, coworkers, and family members should have to fight on their own. Together, we can speak truth to power - not as lone voices - but as a mighty chorus calling for change" says Sen Brian Williams.
Democrats Oppose GOP Bill to Eliminate Marriage:
On a straight party-line vote of 9-4, the House General Laws Committee on February 26 advanced legislation to eliminate marriage in Missouri and reclassify it as a “contract of domestic union.” The unified support from majority Republicans came as a surprise since several had joined Democrats in criticizing the bill a week earlier during a public hearing on it.
Critics say House Bill 2173 is a petulant response from those still opposed to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. The bill’s Republican sponsor claims he simply wants to remove the government from its long-standing and traditional role in legally sanctioning marriage. The bill must now go to the full House of Representatives for consideration.
What you can do: Tell your legislators NO! If this proposal, HB 2173, passes both chambers and becomes law, marriage will be the sole purview of religious groups and domestic unions will be the second class alternative available to all who chose to marry outside of a religious setting. This could damage the ability of all Missourians to access benefits including spouse survival benefits and the ability to sponsor a foreign spouse.
BILLS WE ARE WATCHING
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**Data supplied by Bill Track 50**