Proposed law would require universities to disclose religious exemptions

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Boston (AP) – Congresswoman Katherine Clark is pushing legislation she says will help members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community make more informed decisions about college.

Clark’s bill would require the U.S. Department of Education to publicize colleges and universities that apply for or receive exemptions from federal civil rights protections for students on the grounds of religious freedom.

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Republican N.C. governor says he won’t back religious exemption bills

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory said March 30 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.

Appearing on WFAE radio in Charlotte the Republican governor criticized, in its current form, a Senate bill that allows magistrates and some register of deeds workers to refuse to carry out marriage duties based on a “sincerely held religious objection.” Under the bill, the official wouldn’t be allowed to perform any marriage, not just same-sex marriages.

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U.S. Catholic bishops keep focus on same-sex marriages and abortion

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – U.S. Roman Catholic bishops meeting June 11 renewed their focus on abortion and gay marriage under Pope Francis.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to make only limited revisions to a guide they publish every presidential election year on church teaching, voting and public policy. The bishops also reaffirmed their fight for broader religious exemptions to laws recognizing gay marriage and a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that employers provide health insurance covering birth control.

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