Missouri prayer measure to appear on August ballot

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 | 8:17 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — A proposed amendment to Missouri's Constitution asserting the right to pray in public will go before voters in August.

The measure guarantees the right to pray in public places as long as doing so does not disturb the peace. It also states that students may express their religious beliefs and cannot be compelled to participate in assignments that violate those beliefs.

Missouri lawmakers voted last year to put the amendment on a statewide ballot.

Gov. Jay Nixon, on Wednesday, decided to put the question on the August primary ballot, otherwise it would have gone on the ballot for November's general election.

The governor's office said it chose the earlier option because the measure would take effect as soon as it was approved by voters.

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