St. Louis County Passes LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections

In spite of the National Rifle Association’s misguided attempt to obstruct the proposal, the St. Louis County Council voted 4-3 Tuesday night to approve nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The ordinance will apply to employment, housing, public accommodations, and hate crimes provisions. The vote only came after over two hours of public comment, including opponents to the ordinance who claimed that people choose their sexual orientation. The measure also included updated for protections based on disability.