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Despite the string of ongoing defeats in Kansas, Tennessee, Arizona, that doesn't stop more states from trying.   Next up on the bat is Missouri.

http://www.stjoechannel.com/...

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) On the heels of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoing what was described as a religious freedom bill by supporters, a similar measure is being proposed for Missouri.

Lawmakers in Jefferson City have introduced a bill that would allow businesses to refuse service to anyone they choose based on religious preference.

"It's being sold as religious freedom but it's plainly evident that it is thinly disguised efforts to be able to discriminate," said Donna Ross, pastor at Zion United Church of Christ in St. Joseph.

Ross says she believes the push for religious freedom bills are a backlash against the gay community for growing support for same sex marriage and other rights for gays and lesbians.

"People who are concerned about equal rights for LGBT people and marriage rights for LGBT people are rebounding in a really wrong and harmful way," she said.

At more states allow same-sex marriage (now totaling 17), some see the push for religious freedom laws as two steps forward and one step back for the gay movement.

It seems as though some groups just can't stop hurting themselves.

When KSHB, a Kansas City news network ran this story, the community reaction was fairly swift in opposition to this legislation.   The fact is Missouri is piling in at the end of the train that is marked 'Failure'.   When discovered, this legislation has went down in flames with communities and businesses strongly reacting against these kind of proposals.

http://www.kshb.com/...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A bill introduced in the Missouri state senate Tuesday closely resembles controversial bills in Kansas and Arizona now at the center of a national debate over the right of businesses to refuse service, notably to gays and lesbians, based on religious beliefs.

State Senator Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau introduced Senate Bill 916 on Tuesday and told the Kansas City Star its purpose was to “protect Missourians from attacks on their religious freedom.”

But gay rights groups were quick to fire back, calling the bill-- like its predecessors in Kansas and Arizona-- a tool for institutionalizing discrimination against gays and lesbians, who they believe would be the primary targets of businesses refusing service.

“If I as a gay man want to go into a restaurant, you shouldn't be able to tell me that I can't go there because of who I go home to at night,” Equality Missouri Campaign Director Caleb-Michael Files said. “Yes, it affects the LGBT community, but it’s a discrimination bill for everybody.”

Wallingford did not return multiple calls to his office requesting comment on the bill.

What makes this interesting is that Wallingford, a Republican, is seemingly backtracking in an election year in order to appeal to his more tea party members in an election cycle.

http://www.gopusa.com/...

Wallingford was one of nine senate Republicans who joined with Democrats last year to pass a bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's Human Rights Act. State law currently prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender and age, among other categories, but not sexual orientation.

That bill died in the closing moments of the 2013 session when the House didn't bring it up for a vote.

Bockelman said Wallingford's bill sets up a situation where one Missouri law says certain people are protected from discrimination while another would essentially allow that discrimination if it were based on religious convictions.

Sometimes, you just have to cater to the crazy train.    \

Just a Note  - This diary is more sarcastic and fun on this because there is no risk of this legislation going anywhere.  Governor Nixon (a democrat) would not go for this, and so the legislation is dead before it starts.   What made me diary this was the fact that Republicans flip-flopped from supporting rights for Gays to scrambling to back this bill in order to make sure that their right flank, the tea party stayed with them in an election year.  It's a stretch to try and hold onto a base to stay in office and avoid primaries, counting on democrats not showing up.

Still, even doing this makes people realize what crass political anglers they are, and I hope it bites them in the ass in the fall.

Originally posted to tmservo433 on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 11:32 AM PST.

Also republished by Kansas & Missouri Kossacks, LGBT Kos Community, and Milk Men And Women.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 11:32:30 AM PST

  •  If it passes, Governor Nixon will veto. (6+ / 0-)

    I don't think it goes anywhere after seeing what happened in Arizona.

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 11:34:17 AM PST

    •  Yes. That's why this is just a play to his base (5+ / 0-)
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      TXdem, TomP, commonmass, SCFrog, Louisiana 1976

      This bill has no chance, the governor would veto.   It's not a serious attempt at legislation and you can't really get that worked up about it.   Still, what this really is represents Republicans who are willing to sell their soul to appeal to the tea party in an off year election.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 11:41:27 AM PST

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    •  Any idea what happened to the ballot initiative? (0+ / 0-)

      There was a campaign to get a state vote on a nondiscrimination law that got off to a strong start at the beginning of 2013, but their Facebook page has not said anything about how the signature gathering is going in a good while. the deadline I think is in May.

      Equality Missouri

      "Did they really think that we wouldn't notice? Nice try-- but we got you!" Rev. Al Sharpton

      by growingMajorityMN on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 04:03:52 AM PST

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  •  A state of misery, indeed and (1+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge

    In deed.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 11:35:10 AM PST

    •  Why? One asshole introduces a bill (3+ / 0-)

      and you condemn the whole state.

      It has not passed.  Perhaps you should withdraw your assine comment?

      Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

      by TomP on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 11:40:11 AM PST

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      •  Perhaps your anger is a wee bit misdirected (0+ / 0-)

        But if it makes you feel better to vent, by all means.

        One guy?  How the hell do you explain Ashcroft? Or other conservatives you guys send to pollute the Potomac and the adjacent area? If it was one guy, fine, I understand aberrations and deviant behavior outside a standard deviation. But too many people, too often, and far too frequently,get involved in "teh crazy" in that state. I do not see many willing to stop it or stand upto it.

        So, yes, Misery.

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 01:03:31 PM PST

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    •  Question? (1+ / 0-)
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      Louisiana 1976

      Is your comment based from this article?

      http://www.kansascity.com/...

      It has been an ongoing joke here in this part of Missouri--Misery Missouri.  

      I love my state, it has its share of crazies, but I still love my home state.  

      "There's no question that in the next thirty or forty years, a Negro can also achieve the same position that my brother has as President of the United States, certainly within that period of time." Robert F Kennedy

      by ShowMeMoBlue on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:20:27 PM PST

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      •  Ill in noise hath its own problems (1+ / 0-)
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        Louisiana 1976

        And our share of loonies. Heck, how many governors have been convicted? 4 of the last 7? Ok, Bloggo doesn't really count.

        What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

        by agnostic on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 01:06:06 PM PST

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  •  Viva la crazy train! (8+ / 0-)

    I honestly don't understand how the bigots don't realize that keeping these stupid laws in front of the public week after week after week is BAD for them. All I can say is "Keep 'em coming!"

    In a state with a Democratic governor, yet, as a means of establishing something to have against him. I don't know what word you'd use for that, just that the adverb that would come before it would be "monumentally."

  •  Please proceed, Missouri legislature. (7+ / 0-)

    Signed,

    A friend in Arizona.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:00:55 PM PST

  •  I think all of these bills are nothing but (5+ / 0-)

    pandering. The people who introduced them had to know that their chances of holding up to a court challenge were nil. What I suspect the did NOT anticipate was the outcry, especially from the business community.

    Once large employers and the chamber of commerce come out saying the bill is bad for business, GOP asshats will often pay attention. That's exactly what we just saw in Arizona.

    I think the people who introduced and supported these bills thought they could do it under the radar. They should have known better.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 12:22:34 PM PST

  •  Given how all this has been going on... (3+ / 0-)
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    Louisiana 1976, tmservo433, sfbob

    I am left with one conclusion -- this is entirely being done to try to energize the GOP bigoted base.

    None of these bills will survive a legal challenge, and all risk economic backlash for any state that passes it.

    But by throwing it out there and ginning up controversy and grabbing headlines, the asshole legislators get to burnish their culture-warrior credentials while simultaneously giving the religiously bigoted wingnut base something to get all frothed up about and get them enraged enough to go out and vote the next time an election hits.

    These legislators couldn't give a shit if these laws actually pass and go into effect.  If it does, fine, then they get to preen and strut.  If it gets slapped down by the courts or vetoed, they still get to preen and strut.

  •  ALEC (0+ / 0-)

    that is all.

    This comment is a natural product. The slight variations in spelling and grammar enhance its individual character and beauty and in no way are to be considered flaws or defects.

    by blue muon on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 03:36:24 PM PST

    •  On these anti-gay legislation (1+ / 0-)
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      sfbob

      It actually is a different group, American Family Counsel, which is one of those religious fundie groups.   Makes you think of it, but just religious issues

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 03:42:56 PM PST

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