The Missouri Senate gave initial approval to Senate Joint Resolution 39 this morning. The resolution would put a constitutional amendment to a statewide vote protecting religious organizations, including churches and members of the clergy, from penalties for refusing to participate in a same-sex marriage ceremony.
Please see the statement from Sen. Will Kraus below.
“The Senates’ vote on SJR39 is a proactive step in protecting Missourians’ First Amendment religious freedoms. I believe we will see numerous lawsuits against churches and religious organizations a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision. It is important to protect these organizations from a precedent that would require them to violate their religious beliefs.”