Senators undeterred by business objections to ‘religious freedom’ bill

Despite criticism and warnings of economic flight from groups including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and companies such as Monsanto, Missouri lawmakers are pressing on with a proposal that would allow businesses to deny services for same-sex weddings.

Days after Georgia’s Republican governor vetoed a religious objections bill under heavy pressure from businesses, Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake St. Louis, the sponsor of the Missouri measure, dismissed “predictions of economic Armageddon” as “nonsense.”

The measure, known as Senate Joint Resolution 39, prompted a 37-hour filibuster effort from Senate Democrats, but passed easily after Republicans invoking rarely-used procedural maneuver to shut off debate.

House Republicans are taking a more cautious approach as criticism grows louder.

House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, said he expects a “long and full review” of the bill in his chamber and called business’s complaints “concerning, as it’s been in other states with this issue.”

Read more: Kansas City Star

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