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  • Breaking: West Virginia Senate Kills Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' RFRA By Huge Margin (Video)

    'License to Discriminate' Bill Had Passed by Large Margin in House

    The West Virginia Senate has just killed an anti-gay "religious freedom" bill that, like many RFRAs across the nation's legislatures, would have made discriminating against LGBT people – especially same-sex couples – legal, by letting anyone or any company, corporation, or organization claim to have a "sincerely held religious or moral belief" against same-sex marriage or even LGBT people in general.

    Senators defeated HB 4012, the newly-renamed “Religious Freedom Protection Act,” by a vote of 27-7.

    HB 4012 had been amended from the House version to add some protections for LGBT people, but even then, at that point, it had become toxic.

    “The WV Senate’s rejection of House Bill 4012 is a resounding victory for Fairness West Virginia, our allies, our supporters, and Mountaineers everywhere,” Andrew Schneider, Executive Director of the Fairness West Virginia, said in a statement.

    “With similar discriminatory legislation being considered in states across the nation, West Virginia sent a clear message to the world that Mountaineers do not tolerate discrimination. This action proves once again that bipartisan support for nondiscrimination principles is a guiding force in our state.”

    The bill had passed the House in a 72-26 vote. 

    During debate, Democratic Delegate Mike Pushkin delivered a memorable and impactful speech, reminding his fellow delegates that "baking a cake is not persecution."

    Here's the bill being voted on an defeated:

    The ACLU of West Virginia also weighed in on the bill's defeat.

    "What the West Virginia Senate did today was to stand firm against misguided efforts to turn back the clock to a time when we look at each other as enemies," Jennifer Meinig, Executive Director of the ACLU of WV said in a statement posted to Facebook. "Instead, the Senate chose to see each and every one of us as part of the fabric of our society, each valued for our own individual talents and traits." 


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    • commented 2016-04-06 13:07:43 -0400
      Federal Intl Religious Freedom Act IRFA is as bad as state laws because IRFA outsources religious-freedom to govt commission called USCIRF. Instead of Courts, USCIRF acts as prosecutor, judge and jury. Far worse, USCIRF is filled with representatives of entities like Southern Baptist Commission, Catholic Cardinals, Anti-Gay groups etc. This causes conflict of interest and dishonest reporting favoring one religion over other violating establishment clause.
      “Religious Freedom” is a cleverly crafted metaphor. It is about taking away others freedom in the name of religion. For all practical purpose, Religious Freedom is christian right to act as per cannon regardless of damage to equality. This is similar to Muslim demand for Sharia. Foisting this on other countries is like global demand for Sharia.
      Few facts:
      1) USCIRF commissioners do not promote religious freedom in USA. On the contrary, their activities create a hostile environment in USA. Examples:-
      a) USCIRF commissioners support anti-gay law.
      b) In 2005, USCIRF Commissioner Richard Land, of Southern Bapstist Convention, authored “Imagine! A God Blessed America..”. In the book, He wrote that Hindu culture/tradition is “Superstitious” and “Cruel”.

    • commented 2016-03-04 00:26:39 -0500
      YES YES! #WestVirginia Senators 27-7 say Yes to ALL BUSINESSES, no to hate and discrimination.

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