Friday, January 27, 2017

Colorado's State House says hell no on religious exemptions bill

By Marianne Goodland

COLORADO---Even in redder-than-red Indiana, discriminating against someone because of their sexual orientation is frowned upon. Look at the outcry that came from business leaders and the Republican mayor of Indianapolis after then-Gov. Mike Pence signed a law in 2015 that legalized discrimination against the state’s LGBTQ community. Colorado will not be following Indiana’s example anytime soon. On Wednesday, the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted along party lines to reject the fifth attempt by Republicans to enact a law that would allow business owners to discriminate based on their religious beliefs. At the federal level, it’s known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. So far, at least 20 states have passed their own versions of it. [link]