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Luker: Bill ‘Corrects A Defect’

Rep Lynn Luker, R-Boise, pictured, presenting HB 407 this morning, said, “It corrects a defect in our religious freedom restoration act. … This bill makes the application consistent, regardless of the parties who are involved.” He said Idaho’s existing law allows people to use religion as a defense against a government action, but not to use it in private-party disputes involving a government action. “That’s a defect that was brought out in a New Mexico case recently,” he told the House State Affairs Committee. That New Mexico case involved a wedding photographer who refused to photograph a same-sex marriage ceremony, and was penalized under that state’s prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

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Question: Any prediction re: outcome of this bill?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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