Opinions Differ Over West Virginia RFRA Bill's Purpose

The debate over West Virginia's HB 4012 RFRA continues, but some state delegates have been more blunt about the purpose of the bill than others.

From Charleston Gazette-Mail:

Kellie Fiedorek, an attorney with the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom, said during a meeting of the House Judiciary Committee last week that RFRA laws protect you “regardless of sexual orientation.” The bill's lead sponsor, Delegate John O'Neal, R-Raleigh, said “that really is a separate issue.” Several supporters have pointed out that there is a federal RFRA, and RFRAs in several other states predate the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage.

But Delegate Rupie Phillips, one of the bill's 10 co-sponsors, said late last week that LGBT rights actually are at the heart of the issue. He was asked if support for the “religious freedom” bill stems from opposition to same-sex marriage.

“Pretty much,” Phillips, D-Logan, said.

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