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Montana House Narrowly Defeats 'Religious Freedom' Bill With Evenly Split Vote

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The Montana Legislature turned down a proposed referendum Friday after the bill, which resembles Indiana’s religious freedom bill, failed to pass on a 50-50 vote reports the Associated Press. Opponents of HB 615 argued that the bill’s language is so vague it would’ve allowed any church, business or individual to openly discriminate and freely violate laws; supporters of HB 615 countered that the measure would have brought a 1993 federal law to the state level that is aimed at preventing legislation that considerably burdens a person’s right to exercise religion.

The AP adds:

When he presented the proposal Wednesday, Republican Rep. Carl Glimm of Kila said he intended for the bill to prioritize people's "sincerely held religious belief" above job descriptions. He and other supporters said it would allow county clerks to refuse marriage licenses to gay people and let pharmacists refuse to fill birth control prescriptions if they felt it would inhibit their religious practice. [...]

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock said before the floor debate that Montanans respect each other enough not to need a law like Indiana's, which at least one large corporation cited when pulling its business out of that state this week.

"What's happening in Indiana is something that shouldn't be happening in Montana," Bullock said before the floor debate. He added, "We don't need laws like that imported into our state."

The AP notes the bill could be reconsidered Saturday. 


A Supercut of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Refusing to Say Whether He Supports Anti-gay Discrimination: WATCH

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence appeared on ABC’s This Week yesterday and continually deflected questions from host George Stephanopoulos on whether he opposes discrimination against gays and lesbians. No matter how hard Stephanopoulos tried, Gov. Pence weaseled his way out of answering his questions eight separate times.

Watch HRC's supercut of Pence's trainwreck interview, AFTER THE JUMP

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Anti-Gay Activist Bill Whatcott Leaves Canada To Bring Hate To The Philippines: VIDEO

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Anti-gay Christian activist Bill Whatcott has moved to the Philippines after claiming that he was forced to leave Canada.

Last year, Whatcott and fellow wingnut Peter LaBarbera were arrested at the University of Regina, Canada for displaying materials the university described as "graphic" and against the institution’s policy.

Whatcott was also sued after he claimed that LGBT activists were trying to recruit children via the public school system.

Praising his good works in the name of god, Whatcott said:

“My ministry to Canada has come to an end, at least for the foreseeable future. Now, I am in the Philippines with my wife.

“I have pretty much given the last quarter century of my life to fighting for a Judeo Christian vision for Canada, especially in the areas of life, sexuality and family.

“While the path I chose was somewhat controversial, devastating to my secular career prospects in Canada, and indeed a path that rendered me a pariah in the eyes of many, I am quite happy with some of what I accomplished.   

“My efforts in defending Canada against the homosexual onslaught has been less successful in my view, perhaps more costly on a personal level, though these efforts have not been completely in vain.”

Whatcott estimates he handed out at least half a million anti-gay fliers in Canada since 2002. This material claimed that public schools were enabling the “recruitment” of children. One pamphlet said that children would be taught “how wonderful it is for two men to sodomize each other.”

Watch The Daily Show rip the piss out of Whatcott in 2012, AFTER THE JUMP...

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White House Voices Concerns Over Indiana’s Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Law

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The White House voiced concerns today over the passage of Indiana’s religious freedom law that could potentially allow discrimination against LGBT people reports Metro Weekly. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law yesterday by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence raises legitimate concerns for companies considering doing business in the state and is a step backward for all Americans.

Said Earnest:

"I have seen that there are a number of private businesses and nonprofit organizations that have said that the signing of this law prompts them to reconsider doing business in the state of Indiana. All those business and some of those who are considering having conventions in Indiana have raised concerns about whether all of their employees can count on being treated fairly in Indiana. 

"I think that is a testament to the kind of reaction I think a lot of people all across the country had, which is that the signing of the bill doesn’t seem like it’s a step in the direction of equality and justice and liberty for all Americans. Again, that’s not just the view of the administration, I know that’s the view of the Republican mayor of Indianapolis and a whole host of nonprofit and private sector companies who have legitimate concerns about the impact of this legislation."

Earnest added that he hasn’t spoken to President Obama directly regarding Indiana’s new law, or the "Kill the gays," ballot initiative that California Attorney General Kamala Harris is currently fighting.

 


Pat Robertson: 'Ungodly' Gay People Have 'Destroyed Marriage' And Christians Who Don't Discriminate Are 'Mixed Up' - VIDEO

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Old windbag Pat Robertson was perturbed earlier this week by the notion that Christians would be better served by reeling in the anti-gay hate.

Robertson - who believes all gay people are "recruited" or molested - was replying to a 700 Club viewer who questioned why some Christians believe they have the right to “refuse service to others because they don’t agree with their lifestyle," reports Right Wing Watch. The viewer added that such actions won’t “bring them closer to Jesus.”

However, Pat said the viewer was "mixed up" and insisted that Jesus himself would refuse service to gay people rather than participating in an “ungodly lifestyle.”

He then went on to reference the good book:

“If somebody gives you meat and doesn’t say anything about it, then you eat the meat; but if he says ‘this is meat offered to idols,’ then you don’t eat it because you don’t want to participate in idol worship.”

Thanks for clearing that up, Pat.

In a separate clip, a caller asks Roberson advice on what to do with a gay son who is planning on having a child with his husband. 

“This so-called lifestyle — I just can’t believe it," Robertson exclaimed. "They have tried to destroy marriage.” 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last month, Robertson said that catering for same-sex weddings is like servicing man-dog weddings.

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Legal Case Against Irish Bakery That Refused to Bake 'Bert and Ernie' Cake Supporting Gay Marriage Begins: VIDEO

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Legal proceedings against a bakery in Northern Ireland for refusing to take an order for a cake with the slogan “support gay marriage” began yesterday, reports RTE.

Based in Newtownabbey, Ashers Baking Company is named after a verse from the Bible which refers to "Bread from Asher.”

Customer and gay rights activist Gareth Lee is supported in his action by the Northern Ireland's Equality Commission (NIEC).

Opening the case against Ashers, Robin Allen QC said the baker’s objections on religious grounds was not lawful and as unjustifiable as a postman declining to post a letter.

Noting the publicity surrounding the case, Allen said that “law must not be determined by those who shout loudest,” adding “this is a case about commerce and discrimination.”

The NIEC alleges that the stance of the company was in breach of legislation. Initially, the commission asked Ashers to acknowledge that it had breached legislation and offer "modest" damages to Lee. However, when the baker refused, the commission proceeded with the legal action.

Arriving at court ahead of the hearing, Ashers owner Daniel McArthur said he was putting his trust in God.

The hearing is expected to conclude today.

Watch a Christian Institute interview with McArthur, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier this week, the government in the Republic of Ireland indicated there will be no "right to discriminate" provision in the upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage.

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