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Mar 11, 2013 13:31
Category: Religious News

Religious Freedom - KY

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Some lawmakers and liberal groups say a bill to bolster legal protections for religious freedom in Kentucky will undermine civil rights protections and other laws.

There is little evidence to support these fears. Sixteen states have passed such laws, often called Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. Experts say they're often underused, if used at all. And the people who claim religious infringement lose in court more than they win.

The legislation would give stronger standing to people in court who claim the law puts a burden on them because of their religious beliefs.

The bill is headed to Gov. Steve Beshear after the Senate passed the measure late Thursday night. The House overwhelmingly approved the proposal last week.