Missouri speaker doubts religious-objections measure revival

2 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, April 28 2016 Apr 28, 2016 Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:39:51 PM CDT April 28, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The leader of Missouri's House said he doesn't expect there will be an effort to revive a contested measure to protect some businesses opposed to same-sex marriage.

In a rare move, a House committee, by a tied 6-6 vote, failed to advance the legislation Wednesday. It previously passed the Senate following a failed 37-hour filibuster by Democrats.

There are procedural moves that could revive the proposal. But GOP House Speaker Todd Richardson told reporters Thursday that he doesn't expect those will be employed.

At issue is a proposed constitutional amendment to ban government penalties against businesses that cite religion while denying some goods and services for same-sex weddings.

If passed by the Legislature, it would have gone to voters this year to decide.

The legislative session ends May 13.

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