I’m happy to say that Senate Joint Resolution 39, which would have legalized religious bigotry against LGBT people in Missouri, died in a House committee last night.

As my guest Tony Messenger (who has railed against it in his columns for the Post-Dispatch) pointed out, the law was so poorly written that it would have legalized murder and Sharia law in the state. We discussed the politicians who had blinders on so they couldn’t see the economic impact such laws are having in North Carolina and Mississippi, how — even if it were written less broadly — it would legitimize hatred and discrimination, and the real motives behind the legislation.

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