The Coastal Packet: Down East Notes

Wednesday, April 15

Down East Notes


Mario Moretto, Bangor Daily News -  A draft of a Maine senator’s “religious freedom” bill shows the plan is nearly identical to the Indiana law that has sparked national controversy in recent weeks from those who say it has legalized discrimination based on sexual orientation. The draft of the bill by Sen. David Burns, R-Whiting, was obtained by the Bangor Daily News ... Supporters say the bill would affirm the state’s commitment to the First Amendment by setting a better standard for government intrusions on religious exercise.

But critics, including lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, said religious rights in the state are already protected by the First Amendment, the Maine Human Rights Act and the Maine Constitution.

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