Openly gay athlete Michael Sam, a former University of Missouri Tigers football player, recently penned a letter for the Columbia Tribune condemning Missouri's "religious liberty" bill, which legalizes LGBT discrimination on the basis of religious beliefs. He writes:
"Missouri lawmakers are dangerously close to passing an extremely harmful bill (SJR 39) that would make it easier than ever to discriminate against gay Missourians and their families. This so-called "religious liberty" bill is just another way to undermine the dignity of LGBT people and their families."
"Similar anti-gay measures have been creeping into legislatures across the country -- Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina -- and everyone from businesses to voters to sports leaders have made one thing clear: Discrimination will not be tolerated in their states. Now I'm calling on everyone in Missouri, from business leaders to sports clubs, to echo that sentiment, to stand up and say: Not in our state."