The Arkansas House has approved a religious freedom measure that mirrors the one signed into law last week in Indiana that opponents there say opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday that he’d sign the measure.
Fourteen other states are considering similar proposals this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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HOW MANY TIMES IN 2014
WAS “RELIGIOUS FREEDOM”
THE HUFFINGTON POST
We were right to be worried.
So far, we have seen states nullify all local non-discrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people. We’ve seen new bills granting special religious exemptions to ignore civil rights laws if they feel like it.
We even have three states with pending bills that would make it nearly impossible for transgender students and citizens to even use a public bathroom. Business owners who let transgender people would face fines and lawsuits. Individuals who turn in transgender students would receive $2000 bounties according to the latest bill in Texas.
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