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North Carolina GOP governor says he won’t back state’s religious exemption bills

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LGBT rights advocates contend the measure upholds legal discrimination, as would a pair of bills filed last week called the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act.”

The broader bills, which have yet to be heard, attempt to protect the rights of business owners or government officials from having to carry out laws that would burden the ability of a person to follow one’s religious beliefs.

McCrory expressed skepticism of the bill. “What is the problem they’re trying to solve,” he asked, adding “I haven’t seen it at this point in time.” A similar proposal cleared a House committee in 2013.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law last week with the same name as the North Carolina legislation. Critics of that measure say it promotes discrimination against gays and lesbians, although lawmakers who supported the bill say the measure is designed to uphold diverse religious beliefs.

Businesses and organizations across the country have canceled future travel to Indiana or tabled expansion plans there because of the law.

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