Prohibiting discrimination against homosexuals.
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Prohibiting discrimination against homosexuals.

Date: February 9, 2009
By: Christine Slusser
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 582

Intro: A state Representative says a house bill that would protect homosexuals from discrimination is pointless because that protection is already promised by the state.

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol.

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House Bill 582, which was withdrawn due to a name error but will be re-filed, would make it illegal to discriminate employees based on their sexual orientation.

Republican Representative Mike Cunningham from Rogersville says the bill is senseless because people are already protected from injustice.

 

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Description: "We already have laws protecting all groups and there's no sense passing another law for some type of political statement they're trying to make and I would not be supportive of the already protected under our current law."


Democratic Floor Leader, Mike Talboy from Kansas City says he filed the bill because he does not think it is okay for someone to be fired because of their sexuality. 

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.


Intro: Some Democratic Representatives say Missourians should not lose their jobs based on their sexual orientation.

Christine Slusser has more from the state Capitol.

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House Democratic Floor Leader Mike Talboy filed a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate due to sexuality and many Democratic House members filed in line to co-sponsor.

The bill would protect against discrimination as it relates to employment, disability and housing.

One co-sponsor, Democratic Minority Floor Leader Paul LeVota, says he thinks this bill is important because everyone in the state deserves equal rights. 

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Description: "It is always the year to make sure people have their civil rights and it's an important bill to advance to make sure it's clear the state of Missouri is against discrimination."

Republican Representative Mike Cunningham from Rogersville says the bill is pointless because it is already illegal to discriminate in the workplace.

From the state Capitol, I'm Christine Slusser.