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A Catholic Perspective on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law31 Mar

This past week Indiana adopted a state-level version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).  This law imposes a higher standard of review when the state or a local government passes laws that interfere with the free exercise of religion.  However, the law has unfairly been characterized as legislation that would authorize, or even […]
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Legislators Override Governor Beshear’s Veto of HB 27927 Mar

On the last day of the 2013 legislative session a bi-partisan majority of members of both parties overwhelmingly voted to override the Governor’s veto of HB 279, a bill that was introduced in response to a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that lowered the standard by which the state could infringe on the free […]
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Veto Override Needed to Protect Our Right to Worship23 Mar

House Bill 279 which is a response to a Kentucky Supreme Court decision that weakens the protection we deserve when it come to the free exercise of religion. One of the most basic of civil rights is the right to practice a faith without undue government interference. The government should have to have a compelling […]
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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT, House Bill 279, PASSES 29 – 6; House Bill 3 also passes08 Mar

Thoughtful senators overwhelmingly voted for the State Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Thursday, March 7, at about 10:45 pm and it is now on the way to Governor Beshear’s desk for his signature. The final vote on the Senate floor was 29 – 6, with only Senators Clark, Harper Angel, McGarvey, Neal, Rhoads, and Stein […]
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House Approves Religious Liberty Bill, House Bill 27903 Mar

At the end of a 37-minute floor debate, the KY House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in support of the religious liberty bill introduced by Rep. Bob Damron. This was one of the priority issues the Catholic Conference spoke about at all of our Catholics@theCapitol events. State Rep. Damron attended the event in his district. The […]

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