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posted Friday, March 4, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 10
Two states kill anti-Gay 'religious freedom' bills
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Two states kill anti-Gay 'religious freedom' bills

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lawmakers in West Virginia and South Dakota have killed so-called 'Religious Freedom Restoration Acts,' or RFRAs, that would have permitted discrimination against their LGBT residents.

The West Virginia Senate voted down its version of the bill 27-7 on March 2. The measure would have allowed business owners to claim religious objections in order to refuse services to LGBT customers.

According to the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, 54% of West Virginians oppose RFRAs that would allow discrimination against LGBT residents, and 60% support protecting LGBT people against discrimination in employment, housing, and access to public places.

'For one day at least, West Virginia is spared from legislation that would increase the likelihood of unacceptable discrimination and a flood of expensive legal challenges,' said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. 'Unfortunately, despite today's events, more work lies ahead. LGBT West Virginians still remain at risk for being fired or denied a job because of who they are or whom they love.'

In South Dakota, the Senate Judiciary Committee killed its RFRA before it came to the floor for a vote. Like the West Virginia bill, the South Dakota RFRA would have legalized discrimination by private businesses against LGBT people.

'The Senate Judiciary Committee did the right thing today,' Lambda Legal said in a statement.

'House Bill 1107 was a harmful and unnecessary religious refusal law, or RFRA, that would have legalized discrimination against same-sex couples, transgender people, and single mothers. It would have put the personal religious beliefs of some over the basic civil rights of others. It should be a relief for all South Dakotans that this awful bill is behind them.'

Less than a week after the RFRA went down to defeat, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a bill that would have barred Transgender students from using gender-appropriate school restrooms.

While no new legal burdens were added on their LGBT residents, neither state has nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBT people.

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