House Higher Ed Committee Hears Campus Religious Liberty Bill


This week, the House Higher Education Committee heard HB 837, sponsored by Rep. Hannah Kelly (R-Mountain Grove), which would protect religious student groups on campus. The bill would prohibit colleges and universities in Missouri from denying access to campus facilities and means of communication to student groups that require their leaders to sign a statement of belief in order to serve in leadership roles within the group.

Many colleges and universities require student groups to sign non-discrimination policies stating that they will not discriminate against anyone seeking to participate in the group. These policies have been used on some campuses to exclude groups that hold a traditional view of marriage and human sexuality. HB 837 would prohibit the university from denying these groups campus benefits offered to other groups if they require those seeking a leadership position to sign a statement of belief. The MCC, along with other religious advocacy groups, testified in support of the bill. A similar bill was heard in the Senate earlier this session.

April 5, 2019 - 11:34am

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