JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi lawmakers could try to write a final version of a religious freedoms bill that has sparked concerns about anti-gay discrimination.
The Senate on Thursday voted to send Senate Bill 2681 into talks with the House.
The original version of the bill said government cannot put a substantial burden on religious practice without a compelling reason. The House diluted the religious-practices portion but kept a provision that would add “In God We Trust” to the state seal.
The state’s Southern Baptist lobbying group supports the original version of bill. The American Civil Liberties Union says such a law could lead to anti-gay discrimination.
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