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Religious freedom bill defeated in Maine House

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State lawmakers have rejected a bill that supporters say will strengthen legal protections for religious freedom. The Democrat-controlled House voted 89 to 52 to defeat the bill Thursday. It was rejected by the Senate Tuesday. Senator David Burns, Republican of Whiting, said his bill would ensure that the state has a strong legal justification before it can infringe on someone’s religious liberty. Burns said that the bill mirrors a federal law, but that the US Supreme Court ruled it cannot be applied to the states. Opponents contend the bill would allow people to use religion as an excuse to discrimination against others.

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