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Springfield City Council Approves Comprehensive Nondiscrimination Ordinance

The moment of vote: "And just like that!!! #sgflgbt #sgfcouncil we've passed nondiscrimination."

photo by ‏@CrystalBrigman

Monday was made significantly more awesome by the approval of a stronger nondiscrimination ordinance by Springfield’s City Council. In a vote of 6 to 3, the Council approved Bill 2014-189. Effective immediately, this bill expands protections in housing, employment, and public accommodations to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Before voting on the bill council member Cindy Rushefsky said,

It makes a simple statement of equality that should be a given for anyone who lives in a democracy. 

And fellow council member Jan Fisk added,

We cannot build Springfield's future by holding on to discrimination from Springfield's past.

PROMO, Missouri's LGBT advocacy group, writes:

Springfield joins the other 14 municipalities in Missouri with comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinances inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity for employment, housing, and public accommodations. Springfield is now the first city in southern Missouri with an inclusive ordinance for LGBT persons and the third largest city with protections in the state.

A reactionary group recently formed opposing the bill, Springfield Citizens United promised a referendum petition upon its passage. Whether that will become a reality or not remains to be seen.

Over 2 and ½ years in the making, this comprehensive nondiscrimination ordinance is something to celebrate. Next on the agenda are statewide workplace protections- MONA, the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act is an essential part to Missouri's economic future, learn more here.