LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Lawmakers will consider whether Michigan needs a law protecting people who say their exercise of religion has been substantially burdened by the government.
The religious objections bill will be the subject of a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. No vote will be held the same day the U.S. Supreme Court considers the legality of Michigan’s gay marriage ban.
Republicans view the bill as preserving religious freedom, while Democrats and gay-rights advocates see it as sanctioning discrimination.
After recent backlash against Indiana’s religious objections law, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder recently threatened to veto the Michigan legislation unless lawmakers also extend anti-discrimination protections to gays.
Michigan’s religious objections bill would let a person cite the law in a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding.