Legislators Hear Testimony On Religious Objections Bill

LANSING, MI (AP) – Members of the Michigan Senate Judiciary Committee have heard testimony on whether Michigan needs a law that backers say protects people’s religious freedoms and opponents say permits anti-gay discrimination.

Republican committee chairman Rick Jones of Grand Ledge says no further hearings are planned after the two hours of testimony that concluded Tuesday.

The hearing came the same day the U.S. Supreme Court considers the legality of Michigan’s gay marriage ban.

Majority Republicans say the bill preserves religious freedom, while Democrats and gay-rights advocates say it sanctions 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.

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