‘Religious freedom’ bill proposed for North Carolina

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Republican Representative Paul Stam proposed House Bill 348 NC Religious Freedom Restoration Act Tuesday. Indiana and Arizona have already signed into law the act.

The act would allow private businesses to hire, fire or deny service to anyone based on the personal religious beliefs.

The act states “that in all cases where State action burdens the exercise of religion, strict scrutiny is applied; and to provide a claim or defense to a person or persons whose exercise of religion is burdened by State action.”

Greensboro Attorney and Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, Seth Cohen, said this legislature targets the LGBQT community.

“Most businesses and most conventions, they don’t want to come to a state that supports hate and that’s what this is. This has nothing to do with religious liberties, they can believe what they want to believe but when it comes to treating people fairly and justly there’s just no justificaiton,” Cohen said. “They’re just jumping on the hate bandwagon against gay couples and it’s outrageous.”

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