Apr 10

SJR39: Protecting Religious Freedom or Anti LGBT Discrimination in Missouri?

by Mike Ferguson

(St. Charles, MO) – What happens when the rights of one collide with the rights of another?

In some ways, that’s what both sides of the “SJR39” debate are arguing over. If put on the ballot and if approved by voters, that would amend our state constitution and protect clergy and some businesses from civil legal action and criminal prosecution if they refuse to be part of a same-sex wedding.

Supporters say it’s about religious freedom. Opponents say it’s writing discrimination into the state constitution.

Monsanto’s Duane Simpson explains why his company, and several others, oppose the idea. State Rep. Paul Curtman (R) explains why he believes the measure is needed.

On the web:

SJR39 (actual text)

Monsanto (statement on LGBT rights/inclusion)

State Rep. Paul Curtman

MOVP Duane SimpsonMOVP Paul Curtman

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