The United State Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage legalization
in late June 2015 changed so much more than first anticipated. But opponents
and supporters of the decision in Missouri are saying that not enough
has been changed yet, and are now both pushing for new legislative measures.
What Do the Supporters Want?
People in favor of the Supreme Court’s ruling are trying to seize
the moment to pursue further changes to protect the rights of members
of the LGBTQ community. Missouri State non-discrimination law does not
currently bar employers from firing or otherwise penalizing employees
based on sexual orientation. Many see this as the prime opportunity to
take action and provide that protection to LGBTQ people in the state.
What Does the Opposition Want?
A good portion of those who oppose the Supreme Court’s decision do
so based on religious beliefs. They feel that it is a violation of their
religious liberties and their faith to allow same-sex couples to marry
due to a federal mandate. The legislation they propose would permanently
protect religious institutions from any penalty for refusing to provide
church-related services to members of the LGBTQ community. It is also
possible that this proposed law could also extend the same protection
to privately-run businesses, who currently cannot discriminate against
people based on religious beliefs, unless “there is a compelling
reason to do so.”
Nothing about this ongoing controversy is necessarily set in stone or
straightforward. If you live in Springfield, MO and need a family law
attorney to help you with a sensitive legal matter, including those regarding
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