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Oppose SJR39: gay discrimination isn't religious liberty

Eric Greitens now stands alone on SJR 39, at least among GOP candidates for governor. His three rivals for the GOP nomination--Peter Kinder, Catherine Hanaway and John Brunner--have all come out in support.

Opponents of the proposal say its passage could cost Missouri jobs as businesses and other organizations already are hinting of boycotts. Proponents of the measure say the state Constitution already protects members of the clergy from perming ceremonies that oppose their religious beliefs.

SJR 39 is backed by conservatives because they say it safeguards those who oppose gay marriage. Many Democrats oppose it precisely because they view the measure as a legal permit to discriminate against same-sex couples. Chris Koster, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, also opposes SJR 39.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri governor race , Apr 19, 2016

Equality and inclusion should include same-sex couples

Attorney General Chris Koster released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges: "The history of our country has always been one of moving toward inclusion and equality. I applaud the court for their courage and strong sense of fairness. Missourians should be seen as equals under the law; regardless of their gender, race, or whom they love."
Source: 2016 Missouri gubernatorial campaign website press reelase , Jun 26, 2015

Gay marriage is another step toward inclusion and equality

Here are reactions from politicians representing Missouri to the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage [which legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states]:

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, a Democrat: "The history of our country has always been one of moving toward inclusion and equality. I applaud the court for their courage and strong sense of fairness. Missourians should be seen as equals under the law; regardless of their gender, race, or whom they love."

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat: "Today's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is a major victory for equality and an important step toward a fairer and more just society for all Americans. No one should be discriminated against because of who they are or who they love. In the coming days, I will be taking all necessary and appropriate actions to ensure this decision is implemented throughout the state of Missouri."

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, a Democrat: "SCOTUS has spoken! #Equality" (Twitter)

Source: Springfield News-Leader on 2016 Missouri gubernatorial race , Jun 26, 2015

Judges can allow same-sex marriage despite voter amendment

Koster was first out of the gate with his decision not to challenge the ruling of Jackson County Judge Dale Youngs, who said the state must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples wed in other states. Republican leaders quickly called on Koster to defend the state constitution, which voters amended in 2004 to ban same-sex marriages with 71% support.

Koster cited legal reasons to not weigh in. But conservatives smelled politics. They pointed to statements Koster made in June when he announced that he backs same-sex marriage. But he also acknowledged his obligation to "defend the laws of the state of Missouri," including its gay marriage ban, no matter what.

Koster's apparent pivot this month could be the result of the increasing pressure he's under from leaders of his own party.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri gubernatorial race , Oct 17, 2014

Other governors on Civil Rights: Chris Koster on other issues:
MO Gubernatorial:
Peter Kinder
MO Senatorial:
Claire McCaskill

Gubernatorial Debates 2017:
NJ: Guadagno(R) vs.Phil Murphy(D, won 2017 primary) vs.Ray Lesniak(D, lost 2017 primary) vs.Mayor Steve Fulop(declined Dem. primary, Sept. 2016) vs.Lesniak(D) vs.Wisniewski(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R) vs.Rullo(R)
VA: Gillespie(R) vs.Perriello(D) vs.Wittman(R) vs.Wagner(R) vs.Northam(D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2018:
AK: Walker(i) vs.(no opponent yet)
AL: Kay Ivey(R) vs.Countryman(D) vs.David Carrington (R) vs.Tommy Battle (R)
AR: Hutchinson(R) vs.(no opponent yet)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.David Garcia (D)
CA: Newsom(D) vs.Chiang(D) vs.Villaraigosa(D) vs.Delaine Eastin (D) vs.David Hadley (R) vs.John Cox (R) vs.Zoltan Istvan (I)
CO: Ed Perlmutter (D) vs.Johnston(D) vs.Mitchell(R) vs.Cary Kennedy (D) vs.George Brauchler (R) vs.Doug Robinson (R)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Drew(D) vs.Srinivasan(R) vs.David Walker (R)
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NH-R: Sununu
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VT-R: Scott
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