St. Louis-area firms oppose religious objections measure

1 year 8 months 16 hours ago Friday, March 18 2016 Mar 18, 2016 Friday, March 18, 2016 1:55:00 PM CDT March 18, 2016 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Top executives from some of the St. Louis area's largest companies said Missouri's proposed religious freedom bill could have a devastating impact on the state's economy.

Leaders from Monsanto, MasterCard and other firms joined Gov. Jay Nixon Friday at the St. Louis Regional Chamber to express opposition to Senate Joint Resolution 39. The bill survived a 37-hour filibuster by Senate Democrats.

If approved by the Legislature, it would go to voters.

The proposal calls for amending the state Constitution to create religious protections for some businesses objecting to same-sex marriage.

MasterCard Technologies President Rob Reed said his company "condemns any legislation that has the potential to allow for discrimination in any form."

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced its opposition to the bill Thursday.

Republican sponsor Sen. Bob Onder, of Lake St. Louis, has disputed claims that the measure could hurt business.

[Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include the statement from the MasterCard Technologies president.]

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