Missouri Commission on Human Rights Initiative (2014)

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The Missouri Commission on Human Rights Initiative did not appear on a 2014 election ballot in the state of Missouri as an initiated state statute. The measure would have added unfair treatment based on sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's definition of "discrimination." The measure would also have exempted any religious denomination and any officiant acting as a representative of a religious denomination from any discrimination claims.[1]

Text of measure

Ballot question

The proposed ballot text read as follows:[2]

Shall Missouri law regarding the Missouri Commission on Human Rights be amended to:

  • change the definition of discrimination to include any unfair treatment based on sexual orientation or gender identity; and
  • provide an exception to the Commission’s authority based on a sincerely held religious belief?


Fiscal note

See also: Fiscal impact statement

According the Missouri secretary of state's fiscal note:

  • No or limited estimated costs or savings were expected by local governmental entities. Estimated annual costs to state governmental entities would be at least $89,000 with the total potential annual costs being unknown.


The measure was sponsored by Missourians for Equality.[4]

Path to the ballot

see also: Laws governing the initiative process in Missouri

The supporting group had until May 4, 2014 to turn in the required amount of valid signatures. Missouri law states that signatures for initiated state statutes must be obtained from registered voters equal to five percent of the total votes cast in the 2012 governor's election from six of the state's eight congressional districts. This amounts to a minimum of 98,618 valid signatures, depending on which districts signatures are gathered from.[5]

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