Webster Groves Passes LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill
The bill will enact a law under the city's housing code prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Webster Groves has unanimously passed a bill enacting a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, joining a growing list of St. Louis-area cities that have put into effect similar legislation.
The amendment to the city’s code was made during a Feb. 5 city council meeting, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It specifically bans discrimination under the city’s housing code for any matters involving the rental and sale of housing.
The move follows a growing trend in St. Louis County to amend city codes to protect the rights of members of the LGBT community.
Kirkwood recently passed an amendment that protects the rights of its LGBT community, but its amendment includes language prohibiting discrimination related to employment and in public spaces in addition to housing matters.
The municipalities that have such measures include the first community to do so, University City, which did so in 2003. Then Olivette did so. The Riverfront Times reports that the 10 municipalities in Missouri also include: St. Louis, Kansas City, Richmond Heights, Maplewood, Ferguson, Clayton, Columbia and Creve Coeur.