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Missouri Bans Discrimination on Sexual Orientation

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri quietly issued an executive order outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or veteran status for employment or state services earlier this month. Services include licensing, job training, and financial assistance. Executive Order 10-24 was issued July 11. The order extends employment protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons working in the Executive Branch of Government in Missouri. An annual workplace diversity plan is required as well as adoption of protections for LGBT employees by all sectors of the state government. In Missouri, anti-discrimination laws on the basis of “race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, and disability in employment, housing, and public accommodations” already exist, according to the Associated Press. Vital Voicesreports Governor Nixon said, “I want to ensure that Missouri remains true to the principles of ensuring equal opportunity for all people, and this Executive Order fulfills a pledge I made to have a more inclusive and diverse state workforce. The State of Missouri will work to ensure that there will be no vestiges of discrimination, not only in employment practices but also in providing services and in operating our facilities.” The executive order can be rescinded by future governors.

Sources:

Associated Press 7/25/10; Office of Governor Jay Nixon; Vital Voice 7/20/10

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