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Texas Religious Freedom Bill

Texas Religious Freedom Bill

Controversy stirs in Indiana after lawmakers passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Some fear that the RFRA makes it legal to discriminate against gay and lesbian people.

If you look through the vast numbers of bills in the Texas legislature you'll find a similar bill. House Bill #2553 allows businesses to refuse service based on religious and or personal beliefs.

The bill, roughly have a page of language, was authored by a Molly White of Bell County Texas. According to the text a business owner may not be "held liable for refusing goods or service to any person based on sincerely held religious belief or conscientious grounds," as cited from HB 2553.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has come under fire this weekend after signing the RFRA in a closed door private ceremony. Governor Pence had a hard time answering the yes or no question of whether the RFRA allows discrimination. Tuesday Pense said he is now open to changing the language of that law.

White's bill has only been read once and currently sits in the Texas House Business and Industry Committee. If passed, the law would take effect on September 1st of this year.

Read HB 2553 by clicking HERE.

Jack Carney, Newschannel6

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