MasterCard Opposes Missouri’s License to Discriminate Legislation

March 16, 2016 • 11:32 am

WASHINGTON – MasterCard is the latest major business to voice its opposition to Missouri’s discriminatory SJR 39, legislation which would send a constitutional amendment to the ballot allowing individuals and organizations to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The Fortune 500 credit card giant employs nearly 3,000 Missourians, and spoke out against the bill in a letter to Governor Jay Nixon. Other major employers including Dow Chemical and Monsanto oppose SJR 39, and Gov. Nixon has spoken out against the bill as well.

“Top businesses are continuing to speak out against Missouri’s License to Discriminate bill, and lawmakers should take notice of the economic backlash we’ve seen similar bills produce in Indiana and Georgia,” said Matt McTighe, Freedom for All Americans executive director. “Missouri’s brand is on the line, and there are undeniable economic consequences tied to what the House does with this legislation. We urge Speaker Todd Richardson and the rest of the House leadership to consider the strong condemnation of SJR 39 coming from companies like MasterCard, Dow and Monsanto, and reject this bad bill once and for all.”

“We are thrilled that MasterCard has added their voice to the resounding opposition to SJR 39,” said Steph Perkins, PROMO executive director. “We have seen the negative revenue impact of these bills in other states, particularly Indiana. The business community continues to agree that SJR 39 has no place in Missouri. Thank you to MasterCard for speaking out against discrimination.”

Rob Reeg, MasterCard’s President of Operations & Technology, notes in the Fortune 500 company’s letter that the principles of SJR 39 stand in direct opposition to some of MasterCard’s core values:

“Diversity is built into the fabric of our company, and inclusion is what propels us to leverage our technology and expertise to benefit people of all demographics and sexual orientations. I am honored to be a part of a world-class culture here at MasterCard that is rooted in acceptance and tolerance, and it gives me great comfort knowing that our company shares those same values with you.”

MasterCard’s full letter to Gov. Nixon is available online here.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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