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Official: Amendment could cost Kansas City $50 million

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The director of the Kansas City Sports Commission says the city could lose more than $50 million if voters approve a constitutional amendment that would allow Missouri business owners to cite their religious beliefs when refusing services for same-sex weddings.

Kathy Nelson, commission president and CEO, says the "religious freedom" amendment could hurt Kansas City for at least the next 10 years.

The amendment that would create legal protections for religious business owners who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings. It has passed the state Senate. If approved by the House, it would be on the ballot later this year.

The Kansas City Star reports the NCAA has expressed concerns about the proposed amendment and suggested it could cost Missouri future opportunities to host athletic events.

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