The House’s 72-49 vote Wednesday sends the measure to the Senate.
Supporters describe it as a religious freedom measure.
Opponents contend it will encourage discrimination against gays and lesbians.
The bill would bar government sanctions when individuals, groups and businesses cite religious beliefs in refusing to recognize a marriage or civil union, or to provide goods, services, accommodations or employment benefits to a couple. Anti-discrimination lawsuits also would be barred. Individual workers and government employees also would get some protections.
The measure is a response to the possibility that the federal courts could invalidate the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriages.
Yes, because the courts might make bans on same-sex marriage illegal but give a big “meh” to bills which condone discrimination. Good call. And didn’t the Republicans all run on a platform of creating jobs? They probably meant after they politically punish the out groups of tribes from thousands of years ago.
In that same vein, you don’t get to do “Straights Only” either if you want to run a business in America. Discrimination against gays is no different from discrimination against black people, and in neither case are you impervious to laws which prevent discrimination just because you’re a bigot for religious reasons. It’s not like it’s bad to discriminate because your parents drilled it into you but ok to discriminate if the bible drilled it into you. Being a racist/homophobe is no more special because you listened to the scribbles of an ancient people than for any other reason.