Lawmakers expected to vote on 'Religious Freedom' bill soon -

Lawmakers expected to vote on 'Religious Freedom' bill soon

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. ( – Missouri lawmakers are expected to vote on the “religious freedom” legislation soon.

Senate Joint Resolution 39 would allow some organizations and businesses the right to refuse services same-sex couples based on religious reasons.

Monday, The lawmaker behind the legislation, Republican Bob Onder, told News 4 the committee considering the measure was not ready to vote. On April 20, lawmakers postponed the vote, which was also fought with a filibuster that lasted nearly 40 hours in March. 

News 4’s Anthony Kiekow said he has spoken with his Democrat sources in Jefferson City who told him the Republicans are working behind the scenes to convince more lawmakers to support the measure.

Many state and local leaders think the proposed legislation could push companies and conventions away from Missouri.

The NCAA, AT&T, Express Scripts and MasterCard have all criticized the proposal. Some call the SJR 39 a license to discriminate and others say it allows people to stay true to their religious beliefs.

If the measure passes through the committee and house before Mary 13 it would be on a on a state ballot for voters.

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