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A religious freedom bill signed into law this week by Gov. Jim Justice is causing concern among some lawmakers and activist groups, who say the law is a “license to discriminate.”

Supporters say House Bill 3042 is meant to prevent the government from interfering in the free exercise of religion, unless there is a compelling interest. Under the law, a person or incorporated entity who believes their religious freedoms have been infringed upon can use that violation in defense of a claim, or to file a claim, even against the state or one of its political subdivisions.

Roger Adkins covers politics. He can be reached at 304-348-4814 or email Follow @RadkinsWV on Twitter.


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