Missouri Lawmakers Surpass 18 Hours of Filibuster for Anti-LGBT BillBy Adam Polaski • March 8, 2016 • 11:02 am
Since Monday, March 7 at 4:00pmCT, a group of dedicated Senators in Missouri have been leading a passionate filibuster against SJR39, legislation that would send to the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment allowing individuals and small business owners to cite their religious beliefs as an excuse for refusing services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Missourians.
Last night members of the St. Louis Regional Chamber said they were concerned the bill runs counter to Missouri values and would hurt the state’s economy.
Freedom for All Americans Executive Director Matt McTighe said today:
“The senators in Missouri leading this filibuster are demonstrating tremendous leadership, and we thank them for their commitment to fairness and equality under the law for everyone. This legislation does nothing to enhance religious protections, but it does make it even easier for LGBT people in Missouri to face discrimination. The lawmakers leading the filibuster are doing the right thing for their state, their constituents, and the business owners big and small who don’t want to see Missouri’s economy and reputation suffer.”
PROMO Missouri, the state’s leading LGBT organization, has been fighting alongside these lawmakers in the statewide attempt to block the terrible SJR39. Follow along with PROMO for live updates.
— PROMO Missouri (@PROMOMissouri) March 8, 2016
Missouri does not extend nondiscrimination protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity. SJR 39 is out-of-step with the values of Missourians, according to recent polling from the Public Religion Research Institute. The survey found that a supermajority of Missourians – 66 percent – actually support such comprehensive nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people. About 52 percent of residents reject religious refusals, such as the ones contained in this legislation.