Jefferson City, Mo., Aug 9, 2012 / 01:10 am
A constitutional amendment protecting Missouri residents' right to pray in public passed by large margins in the Aug. 8 election.
Mike Hoey, executive director of the Missouri Catholic Conference, said the vote "repudiated religious intolerance."
"You don't have to see bringing religion to the public square as a threat," Hoey told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "We see it as positive thing, and most Missourians did too."
About 83 percent of voters, almost 780,000 people, favored the measure while 17 percent were opposed.