Kirkwood Changes Discrimination Law

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KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) _ Another Missouri town has amended its
anti-discrimination ordinance to include prohibitions against
discrimination for sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Kirkwood City Council voted unanimously for the change
Thursday, joining about a dozen other local governments in Missouri
to support legal rights for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender
St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, Jackson County and several St.
Louis County communities are among others who have adopted similar
The Kirkwood council also gave preliminary approval to a measure
prohibiting protests within 300 feet of funerals or burial services
an hour before and after the services. Other communities have
adopted similar laws in response to potential protests by groups
like Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church at funerals for members
of the military.

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