Missouri attorney general fights for laws to protect LGBTQ citizens

Missouri's Republican attorney general believes that federal law does not protect LGBTQ people from discrimination

August 26, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KNOU/AP)- Missouri's attorney general, Eric Schmitt, believes that federal law doesn't protect LGBTQ people from discrimination which is why he was among GOP attorney generals nationwide who signed a U.S. Supreme Court brief outlining the position Friday.

The legal battle is over whether discriminating against someone because they're gay or transgender violates a federal law banning sex discrimination.

Schmitt's spokesman Chris Nuelle says when the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, sex discrimination did not include transgender people.

Nuelle says it's up to Congress and not the Supreme Court to change that.

The cases will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 8.

Nuelle says Schmitt believes that regardless of "race, creed, zipcode, or gender,'' everyone should be treated with dignity under the law.

To support this cause, you can donate to PROMO which is a Missouri advocacy group on LGBTQ issues.

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