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GOP lawmakers bury bill in Show Me State

Voters may detour the political future of three Missouri lawmakers after they blocked a religious freedom amendment from appearing on a ballot.

Frank Schubert of the National Organization for Marriage says people of faith would have been protected from the overreach of government but that was stopped by the “cowardly decision” of three lawmakers in the House, all Republicans.

A committee in the House voted 6-6 on the measure, known as Senate Joint Resolution 39.

In an editorial praising the three lawmakers, The Kansas City Star identified them as Jim Hansen, Caleb Rowden and Anne Zerr.

The three lawmakers, the editorial claimed, rejected a “bogus” amendment that would have “enshrined discrimination against gay people” in the state’s constitution.

The editorial suggested that the amendment “supposedly” would have protected people or businesses from being punished for their religious beliefs.

In fact, it’s not a supposed suggestion that bakers, florists, photographers, a t-shirt owner, wedding chapel owners, a military chaplain, a city’s fire chief, and many others have been punished by for holding traditional or religious beliefs about homosexuality and marriage.

A similar law in Mississippi, which Missouri’s law mirrors, was signed into law in recent weeks and protects such business owners in the Magnolia State.

“In reality,” the editorial claimed, “the amendment — if approved by voters — would have been cruel payback for the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to legalize same-sex marriage.”

Yet that supposed “cruel payback” would have come after the Show Me State voted for normal marriage in a 2004 referendum. Seventy-one percent of Missourians voted for that measure, Amendment 2.

The Missouri Baptist Convention supported Resolution 39, and spokesman Don Hinkle says everyone from President Barack Obama to Missouri’s Speaker of the House have had their say about the issue.

“But yet they won’t let the people of Missouri have their say,” Hinkle tells OneNewsNow.

NOM is urging Missouri voters to throw the three lawmakers from office, Schubert says.

“And whether it takes a few months or a few years, we are determined to end their political careers,” he says, “and send a message that we’re not going to be disrespected and betrayed like this by people who claim to be conservatives.”

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