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Missouri Senate votes down LGBT discrimination protections

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Mar 1, 6:57 AM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri state senators voted down a proposal early Wednesday to ban discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, in what was a loss for LGBT advocates.

Democratic state Sen. Jill Schupp's amendment would have banned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and covered employment, housing and public accommodations.

The Creve Coeur Democrat asked colleagues to add the measure to a contested Republican-backed bill to make it more difficult to sue for discrimination.

In earlier debate, Schupp argued its passage would have shown that people in Missouri "care about treating people fairly" and provided LGBT people with equal rights.

Lawmakers voted 20-10 against it.



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