Editor’s Note: Much of this is adapted from an article that previously appeared on this site which was taken from an email by Michael Whitehead.
A Committee of the Missouri House of Representatives failed to take an expected vote Wednesday night on SJR 39, the proposed Religious Freedom Amendment. Emerging Issues Committee Chairman Elijah Haahr announced that the vote was postponed until April 27 because some long legal memos had been received which required further review.
There are 12 members on the Emerging Issues standing committee; 9 Republicans and 3 Democrats. All the Democrats oppose the measure, so it was an 9-3 vote at best.
After heavy threats of boycotts and moral shaming from Big Business and Gay Activists, some are “rethinking” their support. They reportedly are concerned about legal memos signed off on by a group of liberal law professors and by the Husch Blackwell firm, one of the biggest law firms in the state. KC Mayor Sly James and current Attorney General Chris Koster formerly worked for this firm. Mayor James has tweeted that he is spending all his time fighting SJR 39. A lesson in how seriously we should take this.
If one Republican caves, the vote is 6-6 and it dies in committee. If the vote is 5-7, it dies in committee.
The “re-thinking” representatives could use your encouragement this week. If you know anyone who lives in their districts, share this article with them. You can email this article to a friend, share it with friends on Facebook or share it with followers on Twitter.
The first is Rep. Caleb Rowden of Columbia. His phone number is 573-751-1169. His email is: Caleb.Rowden@house.mo.gov.
The second is Rep. Anne Zerr of St. Charles. Her phone is 573-751-3717. Her email is: Anne.Zerr@house.mo.gov.
And committee chair Elijah Haahr’s contact info is http://tinyurl.com/ha73euc
You might want to send an email to these men and tell them you are praying for them, and praying for religious liberty for all in Missouri. There are good arguments on both sides of this debate. There is not just one side. If you ask two lawyers, you can get three opinions. So ask the representatives to let the people vote on this issue.
You might also contact the legislative leadership in both houses. Thank them for standing strong in the face of harsh criticism. Remind them that Religious Liberty is not for Sale or Blackmail in Missour. We don’t make laws by Boycott, but at the Ballot Box. Let the People vote.