JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A lawmaker from Kansas City has introduced a bill aimed at prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Missouri. State Senator Greg Razer, who is the second ever openly LGBTQ member of the Missouri Senate, is spearheading the Missouri Non-Discrimination Act (MONA).

This isn’t the first time the bill has been presented to the legislature, as it has been introduced and defeated in past sessions. During the recent hearing, the bill faced opposition from those who argued that it might lead to frivolous discrimination lawsuits against employers, incur legal costs for small businesses, and potentially infringe on religious freedoms.