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St. Louis County Council Votes 4-3 in Favor of Extending LGBT Anti-Bias Protections

Good news from Missouri, where the St. Louis County Council has passed LGBT non-discrimination protections:

StlouisAn overflow crowd of more than 250 people spilled out of the council chambers in Clayton; 92 of them signed up to address the council, and most took advantage of that opportunity in a public comments segment that lasted more than two hours.

And as could be expected on an issue that involved religion and civil rights, most of them spoke fervently.

The ordinance adds protections for people in employment, housing and public accommodations in unincorporated areas, regardless of their sexual orientation. It also expands protections on the basis of gender and disability.

The bill passed 4-3 and includes exemptions for religious organizations.

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  1. Good for the council. Now see that little red area...that's the ONLY place in Missouri where you will find any sort of prtection for gay men and women in the state.

    Missouri is one of the most beautiful states in the country. St. Louis is a gorgeous city with lots of wonderful people. But sadly, it's woefully lacking on any sort of diversity or acceptance. They may not like their gay people closeted but they want them quiet and second class.

    Missouri has gone more southern rather than northern on social issues over the last 25 years. Only on the ends...St. Louis, Kansas City and the college towns have any progresiveness to them.

    Posted by: Bart | Nov 28, 2012 11:00:02 AM

  2. I live in St. Louis. It's nice to see that progress is happening to our city and county.

    Posted by: Ri | Nov 28, 2012 11:04:22 AM

  3. The one Democrat who voted against it was an African American WOMAN.

    Yes, an African American woman.

    History wouldn't have been very kind to her if people had the chance to vote on her rights.

    Posted by: Sean | Nov 28, 2012 12:18:08 PM

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