- February 26, 2016
Extreme legislators in the Missouri General Assembly have introduced a series of anti-LGBT joint resolutions in both the House and Senate. If passed, these three bills, particularly SJR 39, would put dangerous religious refusals on the ballot in Missouri.
As early as Monday, the Missouri Senate could vote on SJR 39. SJR 39 would create a ballot initiative to amend the Missouri state constitution and enshrine state-sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people and their families into law. If passed at the ballot, SJR 39 would explicitly allow individuals and businesses to pick and choose which laws they will follow, and wield their religious beliefs as a sword of discrimination against LGBT people. Taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies could refuse to place children who are in desperate need of loving and caring homes with LGBT couples. State-funded homeless shelters could turn away LGBT couples and their families. Government employees could refuse to file tax forms for same-sex couples or provide state benefits. Businesses could turn away a same-sex couple shopping for wedding dresses.
HRC is working closely with our partners at PROMO and the ACLU of Missouri to oppose this dangerous legislation that could have far reaching consequences for Missouri’s citizens and the state’s economy.
These bills are a part of nearly 200 anti-LGBT bills across 32 states that have been introduced this year.
Take action to put these bills in Missouri to a halt here and to learn more about the laws in your backyard, click here.