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Gay rights organization holds annual equality day in Jefferson City

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KOMU/CNN) - A gay rights organization in mid-Missouri held its annual equality day at the state capitol Wednesday.

The event coincided with the same-sex marriage debate in Washington

An organizer says she's happy to see lawmakers opening up about the issue.

"We saw this weekend and on Sunday night Senator Claire McCaskill came out in support of same-sex marriage. Saying she's really evolved on the issue, much like the president. And now does support it, which is really fantastic. Her doing this puts it into the media, and just brings it to the dinner table and has people talking about LGBT equality and what's going on," said Claire Cook.

"We're one of a handful of states that allow you to fire someone with just cause because they are gay or lesbian. And I think that's terrible, even my Republican colleagues, my conservative, the fundamentalist. If you're religious you should know that Jesus Christ would never persecute somebody," said Kevin Engler of the Missouri State House.

Another proposal in Missouri would require anti-bullying policies in schools to cover attacks motivated by a student's sexual orientation.


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