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  • Right Now Missouri Democratic Senators Have Been Filibustering An Anti-Gay Bill For Over 15 Hours

    Bill Would Place 'Religious Freedom' Constitutional Amendment on Ballot to Legalize Anti-Gay Discrimination 

    At around 4:00 PM local time, the Missouri State Senate took up SJR 39, a "religious freedom" bill that would put before voters the decision of whether or not to amend the state constitution to allow any person, organization, or business the "right" to discriminate against LGBT people or same-sex couple based on a claim of sincerely held religious beliefs. 

    Thanks to the seven Democrats in the State Senate, the bill is now in the middle of a marathon filibuster. It's been over 15 hours and they're still going strong, talking about the bill, what religious liberty really is, and currently, reading a list of all the businesses that oppose the legislation.

    The bill is sponsored by Sen. Bob Onder, who falsely claimed Monday it is "entirely defensive," an "a shield, not a sword."

    “Their is no desire to discriminate against anyone,” Onder said. “This would simply protect people from being persecuted based on their religious beliefs.”

    The Kansas City Star reports GOP state Sen. David Sater told his colleagues the Bible repeatedly mentions “the abomination of homosexuality.”

    “I’m not condemning this type of behavior. I just believe through my religious convictions that it is wrong.”

    But Kansas City Democratic state Sen. Jason Holsman said: “A lot of the arguments I’m hearing of proponents of this bill harken back to the same arguments we heard back in 1964 when people were fighting for segregation in Mississippi.”

    “I see a mean spirited attempt to try to make the laws apply differently to me than they do to you,” he said. “Being LGBT has nothing to do with choice. You’re born the way your creator made you.”

    St. Louis Democratic state Sen. Scott Sifton brought up Loving v. Virginia.

    “We’ve been here before on the issue of marriage,” he reminded his fellow senators. “Today we’re talking about same sex marriage. Then we were talking about two people with different skin color. And all inside a century’s time.”

    As of this writing, the senators are still going strong. You can listen here, and follow PROMO Missouri on Twitter, and hashtag #SJR39 for all updates.

    These senators are heroes: @MariaChappelleN @JillSchupp @SenatorNasheed @JoeKeaveny @KikiCurls. Why not give them a shout out on Twitter and say "thanks!"

    UPDATE I: 10:47 AM EST –

    Note that the filibuster has been running for almost 18 hours now, and senators say they have no intention of stopping.


    This article has been updated to note all seven Democratic Senators have been participating in the filibuster.


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    • commented 2016-03-08 21:13:48 -0500
      They hate us for our freedoms.

    • commented 2016-03-08 16:02:18 -0500
      “Regardless of their godstyle-choice, heterosex-supremacist politicians that choose to pervert the sanctity of our legal marriage into their political football choose to not earn our votes.” – Rev. Timmy

      Welcome VIDEO: https://youtu.be/0GJN5JcjhOQ
      Recovering from the Lethal Myth of Heterosex-Supremacy BLOG:

      Wow, over 6 million views! Thank you YouTube for including Earl & Rev.Timmy hoofing down 5thAvenue NYC for our freedom to marry! (at minutes 1:27).
      VIDEO: https://youtu.be/WSiehK2asbI

      Rev. Timmy on Facebook: http://facebook.com/RevTimmyAwestruckian

    • commented 2016-03-08 11:45:14 -0500
      This bill is pure targeted discrimination. I have been following this from the start last month and all this bill aims to do is make LGBT people second class citizens. If people where really concerned about religious freedom then this bill would cover ALL religious beliefs and not pick and hold up one belief above all others.

    • commented 2016-03-08 11:24:11 -0500
      The religious right are so determined to vacate the civil rights of LGBT Americans, I can only applaud this, despite being opposed to the whole idea of filibustering.

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