Missourians for Equality pushing for discrimination petition

Nov 13, 2012

A Missouri group may start circulating petitions for a ballot measure aimed at making it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the state.

Missourians for Equality director Aaron Malin said the goal is to get the issue, which would prohibit discrimination of housing and unemployment, before voters in 2014. The effort must pass several administrative hurdles with the Missouri Secretary of State's office before supporters can begin collecting signatures.

Democratic state lawmakers have proposed similar legislation for more than a decade, but those bills have never made it to a floor vote.