JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Missouri Senate is keeping alive a bill upholding religious freedom. They've broken a 36-hour filibuster to do it.
The bill, if enacted, allows religious organizations and faithful business owners the option of refusing to participate in wedding ceremonies attempted by homosexuals.
The filibuster was pushed by seven Democrats who claim the bill is anti-gay. A vote by a Republican majority Wednesday morning at the state capitol ended the filibuster.
Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year to legalize so-called same-sex marriage, conservatives are maintaining the bill is necessary to protect faith-based organizations and faithful company owners from being coerced into performing services that oppose their religious beliefs.
The bill, if passed by the House, would be placed on the November ballot. If passed by three fourths of voters, it would amend the state constitution to prohibit the state from penalizing religious organizations and others for their faith-based opposition to same-sex marriage.
Republican senator Bob Onder introduced the proposed state constitutional amendment, which
prohibits the state from imposing a penalty on a religious organization who acts in accordance with a sincere religious belief concerning same-sex marriage, which includes the refusal to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony or allow a same-sex wedding ceremony to be performed on the religious organization's property.
It likewise shields faithful business owners. "The state cannot penalize an individual who declines, due to sincere religious beliefs, to provide goods of expressional or artistic creation for a same-sex wedding or wedding reception."
To learn how gay marriage is being used as a political weapon watch, "E. Michael Jones—Why Gay Marriage Is a Form of Political Control."