West Virginia Senate votes down religious objection bill

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia senators resoundingly killed a religious objections bill just one day after amending the measure to stamp out fears from business that it would sanction discrimination in the name of faith.

After no debate, the Republican-led Senate voted down the bill by a 27-7 margin. Lawmakers cited different reasons for their opposition: some thought the amended bill didn’t do enough to protect religious freedom. Others believed the amendment only made a bad bill better.

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Arkansas cities push against laws deemed anti-gay

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Little Rock, Ark. (AP) – After the state faced widespread backlash over measures critics cast as anti-gay, several Arkansas cities worried about the economic fallout are challenging the new laws by expanding their anti-discrimination protections.

The moves range from one city asking voters whether to defy a state law placing limits on local anti-discrimination ordinances to others expanding their own hiring policies to include sexual orientation and gender orientation. The state’s largest city of Little Rock is considering whether to require all its contractors to include anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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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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