Talking Politics: Missouri mulls LGBT changes

Feb 18, 2014

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  Last week, it was hard to miss the huge news coming out of Columbia.

Former University of Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam came out to ESPN last week. He could be the first openly gay NFL player after the draft in May.

"I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam: I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, and I'm gay," Sam said. "I'm comfortable in my skin."

In the past week, as policy makers try to ride the wave of Michael Sam’s hype, there has been a ripple of political action for more recognition of LGBT rights in Missouri.

In the show, we talk about anti-discriminatory legislation that lobbyists have been pushing for for years. It may actually get some traction in the wake of the Michael Sam news.

Also in the show, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri has filed a lawsuit to defend same-sex marriage rights in the State.