This past summer, a bill that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to the Springfield Missouri's non-discrimination statutes was introduced by two members of the city's council.
The bill, if passed, would have given the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations Commission the authority to investigate discrimination complaints in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation based on sexual orientation or gender identity, along with the already included race, creed, sex, handicap, age, national origin, or ancestry anti-discrimination clause.
The bill was scheduled to be discussed at the August 27th council meeting and allowed members of the community to address the council and express their views on the bill. During that meeting, Rev. Phil Snider of the Brentwood Christian Church addressed the council, according to a Gawker report.
Rev. Snider began his comments by saying:
“Any accurate reading of the Bible should make it clear that gay rights goes against the plain truth of the word of God. As one preacher warns, man in overstepping the boundary lines God has drawn by making special rights for gays and lesbians has taken another step in the direction of inviting the judgment of God upon our land.”
He went on to tell the council:
“This step of gay rights is but another steppingstone toward the immorality and lawlessness that will be characteristic of the last days.”
As Rev. Snider got to the end of his speech, he paused for a moment after saying "the right of segregation."
He then apologized to the council and said he had brought the wrong notes with him. He went on to tell the council that what he had been reading were comments made by other pastors when the topic of ending segregation was introduced in the late 1950's and 1960's. He said he had just inserted the words "gay rights" in place of "racial integration". He then ended the speech by telling the council he hoped they stood on "the right side of history."
The council decided to table the vote and as of this publication, it has not been brought up again.