December 2, 2012 | by Phil Reese
St. Louis passes LGBT protections
St. Louis, Washington Blade, gay news

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ST. LOUIS — Despite last minute opposition from the National Rifle Association and other conservative groups, the St. Louis County Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to add disability, sexual orientation and gender identity to nondiscrimination protections for employment, housing and public accommodations.

According to left-leaning political blog Think Progress, the ordinance was nearly scuttled by a last minute effort by the NRA urging members to pressure Council members to vote against the bill because the original law has for 13 years prohibited the “discharge of a firearm in any vehicle, boat or building in St. Louis County.” Think Progress points out that the proposed changes would not have affected those provisions in any way, whether or not the amendment passed.

 

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