JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.– House committee has rejected Senate Joint Resolution bill 39 on a split vote of 6-6 in the Missouri house. exterior-capitol

The measure would prohibit the state from imposing penalties on individuals and religious entities who refuse to participate in same sex marriage ceremonies due to sincerely held religious beliefs.

“The House Emerging Issues Committee is to be commended for declining to advance Senate Joint Resolution 39,” said House Minority leader Jake Hummel. “I know this was difficult decision for many committee members and that pressure was intense from all sides. The ultimate issue here is whether our state constitution protects all Missourians or grants special rights to some to detriment of others. In the years to come, I am confident today’s action will be remembered as being on the right side of history.”