Another Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill Introduced, This Time in Missouri
Add Missouri to the list of states where GOP lawmakers have introduced “religious freedom” legislation, which gay rights advocates warn would lead to discrimination against LGBT residents.
The Kansas City Star reported that State Sen. Wayne Wallingford (R) filed the bill Monday.
As in Arizona, which has spurred a national debate with its bill, the bill would require that the government have a compelling interest before interfering with a person’s exercise of their religion. The practical impact, according to gay rights advocates, is that anti-gay discrimination would be legitimized.