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Religious objections bill rejected by La. Senate committee

8 months 1 day 2 hours ago May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016 Tuesday, May 24 2016 May 24, 2016 11:22 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state senators have refused to enact a new law declaring pastors and churches don't have to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies or allow them in their facilities.

The Senate Judiciary B Committee voted 3-2 Tuesday to shelve the House-approved bill.

Opponents of the proposal by Republican Rep. Mike Johnson of Bossier City said existing law offers the protections sought and the measure was unnecessary.

Sen. J.P. Morrell, a New Orleans Democrat, says the bill would put "discrimination in law."

Johnson described the proposal as "harmless" and narrowly tailored to protect people's religious beliefs.

When asked, he couldn't provide an example of a minister or clergy in Louisiana encountering any impediments to practice their beliefs. But he said he wanted to make sure that doesn't happen.

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