Missouri Senate Democrats on Tuesday entered day two of a filibuster against a constitutional amendment that would protect religious organizations and individuals who decline to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies.
The filibuster against Senate Joint Resolution 39, which would amend the Missouri state constitution to prevent the government from punishing religious people and businesses who conscientiously object to same-sex marriage, began at 4 p.m. CT Monday and continued throughout the night.
ro-LGBT groups, which argued the amendment would legally sanction discrimination against gay people in Missouri, praised the stand as heroic, comparing it to former Texas Sen. Wendy Davis’s 2013 filibuster against anti-abortion legislation.
“These Missouri Senate Democrats working throughout the night to stop this outrageous assault on LGBT Missourians and their families are our heroes,” said JoDee Winterhof, senior vice president for policy and political affairs at the Human Rights Campaign. “This resolution has nothing to do with religious liberty and everything to do with enshrining anti-LGBT discrimination into the Missouri Constitution.”
State Sen. Bob Onder, who sponsored the amendment, said the provision is necessary in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges last June striking down state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage.