(WLNS) – You may remember back in March when Indiana passed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Bill. Supporters say it protects beliefs rooted in religion but opponents argue it opens the door for discrimination.
Republican Senator Mike Shirkey of Clark Lake says the idea behind Michigan’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act proposal is to allow people living here to be protected from government regulations they feel burden their sincere religious beliefs.
Our media partners at MLive report a state senate panel is set to debate not vote on the RFRA on Tuesday. That is the same day Michigan’s gay marriage ban goes before the U.S. Supreme Court.
It is important to note similar legislation passed through the house last session but failed to move forward.
Governor Rick Snyder has made it clear he would veto the proposal unless lawmakers pair it with significant changes to the state’s anti-discrimination law to protect Michigan’s gay community.