Members of Missouri Competes grateful House committee stopped discriminatory SJR 39

by Charlie Hinderliter | Apr 27, 2016
This afternoon, the House Emerging Issues Committee voted to stop Senate Joint Resolution 39. If passed, Missouri would have become the first state to enshrine discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) in its constitution.

We are grateful that the Emerging Issues Committee listened to the wide array of Missourians who opposed this discriminatory measure. Everyone who lives in our state should feel free to live and work without fear of discrimination, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Thanks to today’s vote, Missouri can continue to work on advancing policies to attract new businesses, new jobs, and the best and brightest employees in the world.

Last month, businesses from across the state launched Missouri Competes in order to oppose SJR 39.  Over 200 businesses, both large and small, joined the coalition, calling on lawmakers to stop the bill, including: Anheuser-Busch, MasterCard, Dow Chemical, Marriott, Geotechnology, Hyatt Hotels, Monsanto, Google Fiber, Express-Scripts, Salesforce, Pfizer, Nestle Purina, the Greater St. Charles County Chamber, the Greater Kansas City Chamber, and the St. Louis Regional Chamber.