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Jay Nixon on Civil Rights

Missouri Democratic Governor

 


Combat employment & housing discrimination against LGBTs

In July, I signed an executive order to ensure compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision establishing a right to same-sex marriage. No one should be discriminated against because of who they love. We've come a long way on this issue, but there is more to be done. It is unacceptable that Missourians can still be fired for being gay. That's wrong, it's not who we are--and it must change. I repeat my call for the General Assembly to pass the Missouri Non-discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination against LGBT Missourians in employment, housing and public accommodations.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Missouri legislature , Jan 20, 2016

Same-sex marriage is a major victory for equality

Here are reactions from politicians representing Missouri to the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage [which legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states]:

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat: "The history of our country has always been one of moving toward inclusion and equality. I applaud the court for their courage and strong sense of fairness. Missourians should be seen as equals under the law; regardless of their gender, race, or whom they love."

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat: "Today's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is a major victory for equality and an important step toward a fairer and more just society for all Americans. No one should be discriminated against because of who they are or who they love. In the coming days, I will be taking all necessary and appropriate actions to ensure this decision is implemented throughout the state of Missouri."

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat: "SCOTUS has spoken! #Equality" (Twitter)

Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2016 Missouri gubernatorial race , Jun 26, 2015

Partnership for Hope: for Missourians with disabilities

We've shown that we can work together to create better opportunities for all Missourians. Just look at what we're doing--together--to serve Missourians with disabilities and mental illness. In 2010, we passed landmark legislation to require insurance companies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders--and because of this law, 1.6 million Missourians have coverage for these proven treatments.

Our Partnership for Hope continues to be a tremendous and life-changing success for thousands of Missourians with developmental disabilities. My budget expands this vital program to even more Missourians, in more communities across the state. For years, thousands of Missourians with developmental disabilities were forced to wait months- often years--to get the in-home Medicaid services they needed. And now I'm proud to report, this year that waiting list will no longer exist. Our friends and neighbors will now get the life-changing services they need, when they need them.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Missouri legislature , Jan 21, 2014

To make Missouri great, need to advance civil rights

Making it easier to discriminate against people with disabilities or cancer, against women, older workers and minorities, and against those of different faiths and ethnicities will not help us create jobs or be more competitive in a global economy. To thrive in a global economy and uphold these values that we share, Missouri must be a state that continues to move forward--not backward--when it comes to civil rights and equal opportunity.
Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release, "SB 188" , Apr 29, 2011

Believes marriage is between a man and a woman

I was raised to believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. The California ruling was reported widely in the news, and it was important to make it clear that this ruling would have no bearing on how we define marriage here in Missouri.
Source: DailyKos.com, "MO Gov Jay Nixon" , Sep 26, 2008

Other governors on Civil Rights: Jay Nixon on other issues:
MO Gubernatorial:
Chris Koster
Peter Kinder
MO Senatorial:
Claire McCaskill

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GA-R: Nathan Deal
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IA-R: Terry Branstad
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ID-R: Butch Otter
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KS-R: Sam Brownback
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ME-R: Paul LePage
(term-limited 2018)
MI-R: Rick Snyder
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MN-D: Mark Dayton
(retiring 2018)
NM-R: Susana Martinez
(term-limited 2018)
OH-R: John Kasich
(term-limited 2018)
OK-R: Mary Fallin
(term-limited 2018)
SC-R: Nikki Haley
(appointed ambassador, 2017)
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
(term-limited 2018)
TN-R: Bill Haslam
(term-limited 2018)
WY-R: Matt Mead
(term-limited 2018)
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