Jason Kander on Civil Rights



SCOTUS has spoken: support gay marriage nationwide

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 Senate race , Jun 26, 2015

Raised $100,000 via nonprofit initiative #FergusonRebuild

After meeting with small business owners in Ferguson in the wake of the death of Michael Brown, Jason launched #FergusonRebuild, a nonprofit initiative to raise private money to provide grants to businesses in Ferguson and the surrounding area that were damaged or destroyed during the unrest. Working alongside the St. Louis Regional Business Council and North County Incorporated, the initiative has raised over $100,000 to help keep those businesses in their community.
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, JasonKander.com , Apr 1, 2015

Strengthen anti-human trafficking laws

Jason has worked to expand his office's Safe at Home program, which helps survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking keep their addresses out of the hands of their assailants. As a state legislator, Jason passed a law that took Missouri from some of the weakest human trafficking laws in the country to some of the strongest.
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, JasonKander.com , Apr 1, 2015

Protect GLBT employees under nondiscrimination policy

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees in his office will now be protected under the office's nondiscrimination policy. Sexual orientation and gender identity will be added to the list of other identifiers protected from discrimination and harassment.

"This is the right thing to do. Hiring and advancement decisions should be about an employee's performance and their potential, and I think we can all agree on that," Kander said. "An employee's sexual orientation should have no bearing on those types of decisions."

When he was a member of the Missouri House in 2011, the Democrat supported the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, which did not pass the legislature. Kander says such legislation would not only benefit LGBT employees but also companies and employers. "They're good for any organization," Kander said. "They boost morale, increase retention, and allow us, as an employer, to better compete for talent."

Source: KRCU Cape Girardeau on 2016 Missouri Senate race , Apr 19, 2013

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