Missouri Senate committee passes proposed constitutional amendment to allow people to use religion to deny services for same-sex marriages

Missouri lawmakers can no longer stop same-sex marriages, so they seem set to try and make them a hassle.

The Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee passed a joint resolution on Thursday to keep the state from penalizing any person or any business that turns down a same-sex couple for marriage-related services.

As a joint resolution, the measure would go to the voters for final approval if it clears the Missouri General Assembly.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder, a St. Charles County Republican.

It mirrors in some ways measures that have been proposed in other states under the umbrella of religious freedom in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Under Onder’s legislation, a cake decorator could refuse service, on religious grounds, to a same-sex couple looking for a wedding cake. 

Given all the trouble several Missouri lawmakers have in keeping their own marriages in order, you might imagine they’d become less concerned with the marriages of others.

But you would be wrong.

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