A Missouri House committee will today hold a hearing on a proposed constitutional amendment that aims to protect business owners and religious organizations who refuse to provide services in same-sex weddings from penalties or lawsuits.
You can view that hearing by visiting this page (scroll down) when the hearing starts. It is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. or when the House adjourns – whichever is later. Watch @Missourinet on Twitter for updates on when the hearing will begin.
SJR 39 passed the state Senate after a record filibuster by Democrats, who continued to slow business in that chamber for days after Republicans forced an end to that filibuster and a vote on the resolution.
Backers of the proposal say it protects the rights of those with religious objections to same-sex marriage. Opponents say it would protect discrimination against the LGBT community.
Supporters don’t want the House to make any changes to the proposal the Senate passed, because that would mean it would have to go back through the Senate for passage. That would likely either kill the proposal or risk renewed tension in the Senate.
Live stream courtesy of the Missouri House