Record-Breaking Filibuster Doesn't Stop Senate From Passing Religious 'Shield'

Mar 9, 2016

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After a record-breaking 39-hour filibuster attempt, the Missouri Senate has passed a bill on a proposal amending the Missouri Constitution to provide further religious protections for those objecting to gay marriage.

The measure would prohibit government penalties against business owners and individuals who cite a "sincere religious belief" while declining to provide services involving "expressional or artistic creation" for same-sex weddings.

It also would shield clergy and worship places that decline to participate in such weddings.

The debate began around 4:20 p.m. Monday. The bill passed with a 21-11 vote Wednesday morning.

The bill would have to go through the House and be approved by Missouri voters before amending the Constitution.