LGBTQ Nation reports:
House Joint Resolution 85, introduced by openly gay state Rep. Mike Colona (D-St. Louis), would repeal Amendment 2, which defines marriage in Missouri as between one man and one woman. The amendment was approved by 71 percent of voters in August 2004. “HJR 85 would allow the citizens of Missouri to vote on not just a repeal of the ban on same-sex marriage, but also to allow the State of Missouri to embrace marriage equality,” said Colona.
“Much has changed since this discriminatory measure was passed in 2004. Every single one of us has had friends, family and colleagues who have come out to their loved ones and been denied a basic right afforded to all of our citizens – the right of marriage,” he said.
Does this bill have a chance of passage in this conservative state? Maybe not, but by standing up and leading by example, Colona may at least change some minds.