Gov. Nixon’s Odds to Halt Anti-LGBT Laws Unlikely
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has made an attempt to discourage certain legislature in his final months in office.
The outgoing Missouri governor used his final State of the State address last week to urge that lawmakers not allow legislature to pass that might discriminate against LGBT people, according to the Associated Press. However, leaders in the mostly-Republican Legislature say that that isn't likely to happen before Nixon leaves office.
The AP says It looks more likely that Missouri lawmakers will attempt to make the state's religious objections laws stronger. These laws currently protect the people's right to act according to their religious beliefs, even if that means discriminating against vulnerable groups such as the people of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Missouri House Republicans have submitted at least two bills this session that would protect clergy and other organizations that decide against marrying same-sex couples.