The Origins Missouri's SB 916 Are Frightening

The background behind Missouri's SB 916 bill, which would gut the state's Human Rights Act, is based on a sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit– and that's pretty scary.

pretty scary. Read more about the case below.

From The Missouri Times:

A controversial Senate bill offered by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, faced its first hearing Tuesday in a room divided on the issue with little overt controversy.

SB 916, a piece of legislation that modifies certain definitions in the Missouri Human Rights Act, has garnered strong support and opposition, but the atmosphere during in the Senate Lounge was civil and largely dispassionate.

While many religious liberty reaffirmation bills across the country have come about due to the US Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision, which legalized gay marriage, Schaefer explained that his bill came from the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision in Farrow v. St. Francis Medical Center. The Farrow case dealt with a woman who was terminated from a religious hospital after she was sexually harassed and felt unsafe in that work environment. She filed for discrimination charges and won on many of her contentions against St. Francis.

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