The national debate over religious objection laws roiled again Thursday in Texas after Republican lawmakers abruptly pushed a new proposal on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing historic arguments over gay marriage. Even advocates for same-sex couples say the bill, aimed at allowing clergy members to refuse officiating marriages that violate their beliefs, […]
Next week, the S.C. House will vote on a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in South Carolina. The bill was proposed two weeks ago by House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford in the wake of Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Act, a law that many fear would sanction discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual […]
Conservative legislators proposed a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” similar to one that passed in Indiana. But after opponents argued that the bill would allow discrimination against gay couples, House Speaker Tim Moore announced that the measure is dead this session. Read more here.
TALLAHASSEE – A controversial bill that would allow private adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples appears ready to die Friday with the end of the regular legislative session. House members passed the so-called “conscience protection” bill (HB 7111), but it did not reach the Senate floor before the end of the […]
LANSING — Members of the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony Tuesday on whether Michigan needs a law that backers say protects people’s religious freedoms and opponents say permits discrimination against gays and others. The bill appears to have little chance of passing and may not go any further in the Legislature. Republican Gov. Rick […]
In 2015, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Indiana, West Virginia, Georgia, and Wyoming have moved bills through their state legislatures that would either ban anti-discrimination laws from protecting LGBT people or legalize the so called religious-freedom exemption for private businesses to deny service to LGBT people (also known as “turn away the gays” laws). Read more here.
Changes to the initial Religious Freedom Restoration Act made it clear that it could not be used to dilute local ordinances that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Churches were divided on the issue — with many mainline denominations supporting the change and many evangelicals opposing it. Read more here.