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Another Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill Introduced, This Time In Missouri

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As in Arizona, which has spurred a national debate with its bill, the bill would require that the government have a compelling interest before interfering with a person's exercise of their religion. The practical impact, according to gay rights advocates, is that anti-gay discrimination would be legitimized.

Wallingford acknowledged that his legislation was intended to protect people and businesses who wish to discriminate against LGBT people, giving the examples of a florist or baker who refused to provide their services in same-sex weddings.

“This is trying to provide a defense in those types of instances,” he said. “We’re trying to protect Missourians from attacks on their religious freedom."