Earlier this month, Senate President Ron Richard and Floor Leader Mike Kehoe led the Republican majority in final passage of SJR 39. This Constitutional Amendment would create protections for anyone who claimed a “sincerely held religious belief” to discriminate against LGBT Missourians in the marketplace. This legislation rolls back the clock in Missouri.
On day one of the 2016 Legislative Session, Senator Ron Richard and Senator Mike Kehoe said “they want to pass legislation that will create jobs across all industries and build stronger communities in the state.” (http://www.senate.mo.gov/senate-majority-caucus-legislative-leaders-address-prominent-issues-for-upcoming-session/)
SJR 39 flies in the face of this. Not only will this legislation create more litigation throughout the state, we are already seeing companies and major organizations, like the NCAA, question whether they will continue to do business in Missouri if this discriminatory legislation passes.
When Indiana passed a similar law, it was estimated that the state lost more than $60 million and thousands of jobs before repealing the law.
The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce thanks the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and St. Louis Regional Chamber for their opposition of SJR 39.
The Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (Mid-America GLCC) is an organization that advocates, promotes and facilitates the success of the LGBT business community and their allies through the guiding principles of equality, inclusion, economics and education. The Mid-America GLCC’s purpose is to create, identify and enhance business opportunities for LGBT and LGBT-friendly organizations, thereby fostering a more inclusive and vibrant economy in Mid-America.