Missouri SJR 39 - Unintended Consequences?

The Missouri legislature is currently debating SJR 39.  On the surface, this bill is written to shield from "punishment" those who do not wish to provide services to same-sex couples.  The bill is controversial, and generally framed in the context of those businesses in the wedding industry.

A group of Missouri legal professors are weighing in on the topic.  First of all, they claim that the bill violates the establishment clause of the constitution.  However, more strikingly, they also argue that the bill provides a defense for those who commit criminal acts based upon their "sincerely held religious beliefs."  Their arguments provide a fascinating analysis of the proposed law.  It will be interesting to see if the legislature scraps the bill entirely or attempts an amendment to exclude criminal activities.  Read the full legal analysis here.