Missouri House Committee rejects anti-LGBT constitutional amendment

A so-called “religious freedom” constitutional amendment will not be sent to Missouri voters, after failing to secure majority approval in the Missouri House Emerging Issues Committee.  The bill was effectively killed after a tie 6-6 vote. Three Republicans joined the Committee’s three Democrats in voting against the measure.  

Senate Joint Resolution 39, if approved by Missouri voters, would have allowed businesses and individuals to refuse service to LGBT people under the guise of “religious liberty.”  Over 100 employers in the state, including MasterCard and Monsanto, as well as the St. Louis and Kansas City Chambers of Commerce, voiced opposition to the bill.

After the vote, the Democratic leader in the Missouri House explained that “the ultimate issue here is whether our state constitution protects all Missourians or grants special rights to some to detriment of others. In the years to come, I am confident today’s action will be remembered as being on the right side of history.”

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