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Could the Rams Fire Michael Sam for Being Gay?

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Michael Sam celebrates news of his draft to the St. Louis Rams on May 10. Photo: Twitter / @MikeSamFootball

Michael Sam celebrates news of his draft to the St. Louis Rams on May 10. Photo: Twitter / @MikeSamFootball

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – In addition to potentially making history as the first openly gay player in the NFL, Michael Sam’s draft to the St. Louis Rams could affect the legal rights of gay couples and employees across Missouri.

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that sexual orientation and gender identity aren’t currently protected categories in the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA). The bill that would add those categories to MONA, House Bill 1930, went before the House on March 13 but has not yet passed.

Individuals can currently be refused employment because of their sexual orientation, according to Dara Strickland, board president of the LGBT Community Center of Metropolitan St. Louis.

“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,” she told KSDK.

Sen. Claire McCaskill tweeted her support for House Bill 1930 on Sunday, endorsing another user’s message addressing the current law.

yes! MT @CaseyBerner: Michael Sam could still be fired for just being gay according to current Mo law.Let’s fix that in JeffCity.@clairecmc

— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) May 11, 2014

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