West Virginia groups oppose “religious freedom” bills publicly, donate to lawmakers who support it

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – While business groups and some of the state’s largest corporations are organizing to oppose any new “religious freedom” legislation in West Virginia, campaign finance reports show some are donating to lawmakers who voted for the state’s unsuccessful 2016 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The Chamber PAC -the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s political spending arm – has given at least $28,000 to 38 lawmakers in the West Virginia House of Delegates who are running for re-election and voted for the 2016 bill, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. The list includes Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay; Terry Waxman, R-Harrison; and House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha.

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Indiana to spend $750K in developing ad campaign to undo harm

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – An agency that seeks to attract businesses and jobs to Indiana will pay a New York public relations firm up to $750,000 to develop an ad campaign aimed at rebuilding the state’s damaged image.

A contract posted May 14 to the Indiana Economic Development Corporation web site shows the quasi-governmental agency will pay that much to Porter Novelli for the first phase of the “reputation enhancement initiative.” The contract states the cost of the second phase will be determined after the scope of the work and other terms are determined.

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Religious objections turmoil likely to spill into next year

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The colorful fliers passed out by aides to Gov. Mike Pence and House Speaker Brian Bosma last week highlighted what both called numerous accomplishments of this year’s legislative session.

Left unmentioned in those handouts was the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which put an unflattering national spotlight on Indiana amid a rancorous debate over whether the law could provide legal cover for discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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Issue 22.09: Religious Discrimination

By : Jake Stevens
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A match missed in heaven: Religious freedom bills are discrimination in disguise. Is this the next great civil rights battle? Fired Orlando teachers file suit, Kevin Beckner launches campaign to be Clerk of Court, Orlando actor Jordan Woods-Robinson dishes on his gay Walking Dead role, local news, celebrity interviews, and much, much more!

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With same-sex marriage all but a done deal, the next fight for LGBT equality is discrimination disguised as religion

By : Jamie Hyman
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Few combative issues have raised eyebrows as much as the recent string of legislation promoting “religious freedom.”

A recent push to create bills designed to protect business owners from having to engage in services that are against their religious beliefs has surfaced in more than half of our country’s states. The problem is that these Religious Freedom Restoration Acts—also known as RFRAs—are frequently wielded as a weapon allowing business owners to deny service to LGBTs.

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Conservative Corner: Religious Freedom vs. Civil Liberties

By : Mimi Planas
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Last week Indiana passed their Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Now, let’s all take a deep breath, shall we?

Much hoopla has resulted from this supposed “anti-gay” legislation enacted in Indiana March 26. The LGBT community and media are up in arms and downright livid, I have questions as to why all the drama.

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Central Florida bakery bounces back after anti-gay harassment

By : Jeremy Williams
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Longwood – A Central Florida bakery is getting back to business after a YouTube evangelist recorded a phone conversation of him asking for a cake with an anti-gay remark on it and posted it online.

“I never expected the phone call to change my life forever,” said Sharon Haller, co-owner of Cut The Cake bakery in Longwood.

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