Prayer amendment to appear on Missouri ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have approved a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would expand the right to pray in public places.

The Missouri Constitution already says people have the right to worship God according to their own consciences.

A measure that will appear on the 2012 ballot states that people can pray in public places, so long as they do not disturb the peace. It also says students can express their religious beliefs and cannot be compelled to participate in assignments that violate their religious beliefs. The amendment also creates a right to pray in the Legislature and other government bodies.

Supporters said the measure clarifies existing prayer rights for people concerned about potential legal consequences.

It passed the Senate 34-0 Tuesday and cleared the House 126-30 in March.

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