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Fight Over 'Religious Freedom' Objection Proposals Shift to Arkansas

By Andrew Demllo | Mar 31
The fight over "religious freedom" proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas,

NC Gov. Won't Back Religious Exemption for Court Officials

Mar 31
Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday he isn't backing bills giving exemptions to court officials who don't want to perform gay marriages and offering other religious protections to businesses.

Indiana Governor Wants Changes to Religious-Objections Law

Mar 31
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that a new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination.

Religious Freedom Laws Not Used Against Gays in the Past

By Rachel Zoll and David Crary | Mar 31
Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays - and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say.

Indiana Plans Language to 'Clarify' Religious Objections Law

Mar 30
Republican legislative leaders in Indiana say they are working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doesn't allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Georgia 'Religious Freedom' Bill Stalls in House Committee

Mar 27
A divisive religious freedom bill stalled Thursday in a Georgia House committee after a Republican member of the panel successfully added anti-discrimination language to the proposal.

Arkansas Senate Approves Religious Protection Bill

By Andrew DeMillo | Mar 27
Arkansas inched closer Friday toward becoming the second state this year to adopt a law that critics say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians, with the state Senate approving a religious protection bill.

Arkansas Governor Says He'd Sign Religious Protection Bill

Mar 27
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he would sign into law a religious protection measure that opponents have said amounts to a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians in the state.

Indiana Officials Look to Stem Religious Objections Fallout

By Tom Davies | Mar 27
The wave of protests from businesses and on social media over Indiana's new religious objections law has many local officials working to counter the criticism.

Groups Eye Indiana Pullout Over Religious Objections Bill

Mar 26
Organizers of a major gamers' convention and a large church gathering say they're considering moving events from Indianapolis over a bill that critics say could legalize discrimination against gays.

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