A Missouri group may soon 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 told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the goal is to get the issue before voters in 2014. The effort must still 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. Those bills have never made it to a floor vote. Malin says he believes the Legislature is far more conservative than Missourians in general, so the group feels the best chance for passage is through a vote of the people.