Missouri Senate Passes Religious Freedom Bill after Record 39 Hour Filibuster

Eight Missouri Democratic Senators conducted a record-breaking filibuster in an attempt to keep SJR 39 from passing. SJR 39 is a bill that will provide for a public vote to pass a law allowing businesses to discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of religious freedom.

For 39 1/2 hours, Senators Maria Chapelle-Nadal, Kiki Curls, Jason Holsman, Joseph Keaveny, Jamilah Nasheed, Jill Schupp, Scott Sifton, and Gina Walsh each took turns speaking against the bill.

In the end, Senate Republicans were able to call the bill to a vote, with it passing by a margin of 23 to 9. It now will be debated and voted on in the House of Representatives.