Minnesota video company challenges state’s same-sex marriage law

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The owners of a video company have filed a legal challenge to Minnesota’s same-sex marriage law because they want to shoot weddings for heterosexual couples only.

Carl and Angel Larsen say they will be punished for refusing wedding services to same-sex couples. The St. Cloud couple owns Telescope Media Group and filed a lawsuit against the state’s human rights commission and attorney general.

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Maine senator to withdraw “religious objections” bill

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Augusta, Maine (AP) – A Republican Maine senator says he’s withdrawing his “religious freedom” bill that’s similar to proposals that prompted protests in other states.

Sen. David Burns said on April 15 that he doesn’t believe his proposal would get a fair hearing in the Legislature. He says opponents and the media have “poisoned the well of public discussion.”

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Indiana’s tourism agency hires PR firm

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Indianapolis (AP) – Indiana’s economic and tourism development agencies hired a public relations firm on April 13 to repair the damage to the state’s reputation from a religious objections law that raised the specter of discrimination against gays and others.

Meanwhile, the General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which had canceled conventions in Indianapolis amid the national controversy over the law, said it was bringing its meeting back to the city now that Republican Gov. Mike Pence has signed amendments to the statute that satisfied its concerns.

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Indiana House approves religious objection bill

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indiana House approved by a wide margin on March 23 a proposal strengthening protections for religious objections in state law that opponents say could provide legal cover for discrimination against gay people.

Republicans cast all the “yes” votes as House members voted 63-31 to support the bill that would prohibit any state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs and has a definition of a “person” that includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.

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