Saturday, April 9, 2016

Missouri’s dangerous religious exemption measure advances – LGBTQ Nation

It is important to note what Onder focuses on, "[n]o one should be compelled to make a work with their own hands that’s offensive to their beliefs.”  This point is or is becoming the focus of some of the faux persecution cases we have been hearing of.

Missouri‘s Republican-led Senate on Wednesday advanced a proposal to add greater religious protections to the state Constitution for some business owners and individuals opposed to gay marriage after Democrats stalled a vote for about 37 hours.

The move marked an end to a stalemate emblematic of a national debate over balancing civil rights and religious liberties following last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage.

The proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution would prohibit government penalties against those who cite “a sincere religious belief” while declining to provide goods or services of “expressional or artistic creation” for same-sex marriage ceremonies or celebrations.

The measure was revised Wednesday to specifically state that florists and photographers would be protected and to clarify that it applies to services provided for a reception taking place around the same time as a wedding ceremony.
Missouri’s dangerous religious exemption measure advances – LGBTQ Nation

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