In an instance of how some state’s laws are pretty outdated, St. Louis Rams rookie Michael Sam can actually be fired for being homosexual, per Missouri law.
Sam’s drafting has further brought the antiquated law to the forefront as Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) posted on Twitter: “Michael Sam could still be fired for just being gay according to MO law. Let’s fix that in Jeffcity.” A bill, HB 1930, was already brought to the house for a public hearing on March 13th that aims to extend the existing Missouri Human Rights Statute to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories, which would protect the LGBT community from discrimination in the work place
“You can apply for a job in Missouri at least, and there’s no protection for being asked, ‘By the way, are you gay?’ and being explicitly told, ‘You know, we don’t hire gay people.’ You can be fired for being gay, lesbian or transgender,” Dara Strickland, board president of the LGBT Community Center of Metropolitan St. Louis said, via USA TODAY Sports.