The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is opposing SJR 39, a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow churches and wedding venders to decline participation in same-sex wedding ceremonies. The Chamber’s opposition, like that of Monsanto and others, focuses on the wedding vendor provisions in the resolution. The NCAA has also expressed serious concerns with the proposal. The MCC supports SJR 39, focusing especially on how the proposal ensures clergy and church facilities would be protected from government penalties when declining to solemnize or facilitate same-sex weddings.
The Missouri Senate has passed SJR 39, which is sponsored by Senator Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis). The General Assembly is on Spring Break until after Easter, after which the House is expected to review the proposal, consider possible amendments and decide how to proceed. For more see Kansas City Star, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and this editorial, also in the Post-Dispatch. Stay tuned for more.