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Arkansas Gives Final Approval to Religious-Freedom Bill

Apr 1
Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to a religious-freedom bill that has drawn sharp criticism from opponents who say it opens the door to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Wal-Mart Urges Arkansas Governor To Veto Religion Bill

Apr 1
Retail giant Wal-Mart says Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson should veto a religious-objection bill that critics say would open the door to widespread discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The Latest Developments on Religious-Objection Laws

By Jeni O'Malley | Apr 1
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's move to urge lawmakers to clarify a new religious-objections law that critics fear could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians came as Arkansas lawmakers passed similar legislation. A look at the latest developments:

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.

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