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UPDATE: MS House considers striking controversial language from "religious freedom" bill

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Late Wednesday, the Mississippi House of Representatives Civil Subcommittee talked about striking controversial provisions from the so-called Religious Freedom Bill.     


Senate Bill 2681 would enact the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act and place "In God We Trust" on the state seal.

In the Senate it was approved 48-0 on January 31 and sent to the House.

Earlier Wednesday, several Mississippi lawmakers said they were confused about whether the bill was similar to a widely criticized Arizona measure. (Read about the controversy here)

That Arizona bill, which was vetoed by their Governor Wednesday night, would have allowed people to assert religious beliefs in refusing business services to same-sex couples.

The ACLU and other legal experts said language in the Mississippi bill would invite widespread discrimination, especially against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

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