Missourians from all corners of the state rallied at the Capitol this morning.
PROMO, Missouri's leading LGBT advocacy group, and the ACLU of Missouri brought together an impressive group of clergy, business owners, community leaders, and activists from across the state to speak out against SJR 39.
In the middle of arguments made by supporters of Senate Joint Resolution 39 defending “business rights,” often forgotten were the names, faces, and stories of LGBT Missourians who will face legalized discrimination if the amendment becomes law.
I am one of those faces. Already the debate over SJR 39 forced a conversation where my mother shared that my father supports the amendment. Why? Because despite having a gay son, business’ freedom matters more.
A conservative backlash has emerged as a result of the 2015 SCOTUS ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
Senate Joint Resolution 39, sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder (R-St. Charles), would allow businesses and individuals to refuse providing “wedding-related” services to same sex couples. (nevermind that the Equal Protection Clause in the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution applies to everyone, not just straight couples).
The longest filibuster in Missouri history was ended this morning by an unceremonious parliamentary procedure
Around 7am in the Senate, democrats who had been filibustering for over 39 hours straight were cut off by a PQ motion (you can read more about a PQ here). In short, the motion is a break from usual decorum, and almost never used. In fact, there was bipartisan condemnation of the move.
Last week, State Senator Gary Romine (R-Farmington) wrote about SJR 39, a "religious freedom" bill that along with SB 916 has been quickly passed through the legislative process and now sits on the Senate calendar to be brought up for debate at any time.
Rep. Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) voted "Yes" on HB 1891 today, which is strange considering he previously condemned a similar bill as "purely political."
HB 1891—also know as Paycheck Deception—was sent to Governor Nixon's desk today. This bill, per its proponents, is just another way to get to the ultimate goal of making Missouri a so-called "Right to Work" state. Paycheck Deception bills, like HB 1891, make it more complicated for public employees to choose how they want to spend their own pay.
David Humphreys, President and CEO of TAMKO Building Products, Inc., is the second largest political donor in Missouri. In recent years, he has pushed his agenda for so-called "right-to-work" and other anti-labor legislation with his political contributions.
Sen. Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis) admits the United States Supreme Court affirmed the right of same-sex couples to marry. However, he wants to make sure these couples are not treated equally here in the Show-Me state by passing a constitutional amendment that would make discrimination a part of our state constitution.
In just one week, the Missouri Senate fast-tracked Onder’s SJR 39 from filing to passing out of committee--next up, the Senate Floor--and that could be as early as next week.
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