New Religious Freedom Bill Introduced In Virginia

A Virginia representative has introduced a new so-called religious freedom bill in the House of Delegates, but many in the state are not pleased.

From The Washington Post:

Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah), deputy majority leader in the House of Delegates, filed a bill that he says would prevent government discrimination against those who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and that an individual’s sex is determined at birth.

The move is part of a national push by conservatives who say they worry their views could be under attack since the Supreme Court affirmed gay couples’ right to marry last year.

Opponents say the bill is tantamount to taxpayer-funded discrimination and would prohibit the state from enforcing non­discrimination clauses in contracts and other interactions with people and corporations.

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