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.”
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