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Is Religious Freedom Bill Dead, or Merely Sleeping?

Martin Valent
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After passing overwhelmingly in the W.Va. House, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was amended and then voted down in the Senate.

Supporters said the bill merely puts into law an existing legal defense for people of faith.

Opponents said the bill would encourage discrimination against gays, lesbians and others.

Why did RFRA go down? What does it mean for West Virginia? And will it come back again?

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