The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday voiced its opposition to “religious freedom” legislation approved by the state Senate earlier this month despite fierce opposition from Democrats.
The group said the proposal would have a “detrimental impact” on the state’s economy in a statement released Thursday. The chamber also noted that it “opposes adding a constitutional protection for employees who refuse to do their jobs.”
The group, which represents an estimated 50,000 employers, said it worked with legislators to alter the proposed constitutional amendment to remove the business community from the effects of the changes, but that the attempts were “unsuccessful.”
The proposed amendment would prohibit the government from punishing individuals and businesses that refuse on “sincerely held religious beliefs” to provide goods or services for marriage ceremonies or celebrations of same-sex couples.
If the bill is approved by the Missouri House, it would go on the statewide ballot later this year.