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Missouri Gay Rights Activists Announce Legislative Effort

September 2, 2004
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

Top gay leaders announced they are not giving up their fight for rights on the same day a state constitutional ban on gay marriage took effect. Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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A top Missouri gay rights activist announced a legislative effort to expand gay rights.

Greg Razer, a member of Personal Rights of Missourians, says the issue is not about marriage.

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"Missourians obviously didn't want gay marriage. But I don't think they want people fired from their jobs. I don't think they want people kicked out of their homes. That's not an evil agenda. That is a basic protection people deserve."

If passed, the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act would keep gay people from being fired or denied housing based on their sexaul orientation.

The Act has failed to reach a vote every year since 1998.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

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Top Missouri gay rights activists announced a legislative effort to expand gay rights only hours after the state constitutional ban on gay marriage took effect. Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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Top gay rights activists say they want lawmakers to extend job and housing protection to gay Missourians.

Greg Razer, a member of Personal Rights of Missourians, says marriage is not the most important issue.

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"First things first, we have to make sure that members of our community aren't kicked out of their homes, aren't denied housing, aren't fired from their jobs and all those things are still legal in the state of Missouri."

Razer says he wants lawmakers to extend those gay rights by passing the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act in the next legislative session.

The Act has failed to reach a vote every year since 1998.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.