Missouri Republicans use procedural maneuver to end 39-hour filibuster against discriminatory bill

Republicans in the Missouri Senate deployed a little-used procedural maneuver to stop a 39-hour Democratic filibuster and pass, 23-9, a controversial “religious freedom” bill. The filibuster garnered the attention, and support, of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

If passed by the Missouri House of Representatives, the bill would put before the state’s voters an amendment to the Missouri Constitution that would prohibit government authorities from taking action against businesses and individuals whose “sincerely held” religious beliefs lead them to discriminate against LGBT people.

Democratic Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadal, who fought the legislation, told the The Kansas City Star that the Democratic caucus opposed the bill because it “renders some people subhuman, second class citizens.” According to the newspaper the filibuster was the longest “in recent history.”

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