State legislatures around the nation are reassessing their own anti-gay legislation following the uproar surrounding Arizona’s bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to homosexuals and others on religious grounds.
In Mississippi, for example, TPM reports that the language in a ‘religious freedom’ bill “considered problematic by civil rights groups had been removed … Wednesday by lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee. It would have allowed defendants in civil lawsuits to claim that their religious beliefs were being burdened.”
Amanda Terkal summarizes similar ‘religious freedom’ bills in about a dozen other states where lawmakers are now “getting cold feet.”
In addition to Mississippi and Arizona, Terkal provides information on legislative activity in Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota and Tennessee.