Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL, on Wednesday spoke out against a so-called religious liberty bill in Missouri.

Senate Joint Resolution 39 (SJR 39) would amend the Missouri Constitution to protect organizations and individuals opposed to the Supreme Court's June, 2015 finding that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry.

The bill's text states that Missouri “shall not impose a penalty on an individual who declines either to be a participant in a marriage or wedding ceremony or to provide goods or services of expressional or artistic creation for such a marriage or ceremony or an ensuing celebration thereof, because of a sincerely held religious belief concerning marriage between two persons of the same sex.”

An individual is defined as “a natural person or a closely held commercial entity owned by a natural person or persons.”

Sam told a crowd of about 80 gathered at the Capitol Rotunda that the measure “does not reflect the Missouri [he] knows” and that it is “the opposite of respect and it is the opposite of equality,” the AP reported.

The chairman of the House Emerging Issues Committee announced late Wednesday that he was delaying an expected vote on the measure until next week.

State Senator Bob Onder, a Republican, has said that his legislation is a response to the court's ruling.

He addressed a crowd of about 200 supporters on Tuesday.