Michigan considering 3 bills similar to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act

In Indiana, the backlash continues after the state passed the controversial "Religious Freedom Restoration Act". Michigan may not be far behind our southern neighbors.

Critics say it's a license to discriminate and right now there are three similar bills being considered by Michigan lawmakers.

One would allow a person or business to use a religious belief as a legal defense for refusing to provide services.

Another would allow faith-based adoption agencies to deny adoptions to gay individuals and same-sex couples while still collecting state tax dollars.

The third would give hospitals and medical professionals the ability to refuse services to patients that violate their religious beliefs as well.

Cassanda Varner is a spokesperson for Affirmations and says what's happening in the Hoosier State should be a warning for Michigan

"Hopefully we don't follow in the steps of Indiana." Varmer goes on to say that if you're a business owner, another person's lifestyle shouldn't have anything to do with businesses.

If either passes, what changes? According to Teresa Tomeo, nothing. She says it's already on the books and it's working.

"What the critics are claiming is going to happen has not occurred," Tomeo said.

Varner said LGBT community isn't looking for special treatment.

"Protections are a necessity. It's a civil right. It's an equal right. we're not asking for anything special," Varner said.

If any of the bills pass passes legislature, Governor Snyder has to sign them before they become law. He's said he will likely sign them if it also contains protections for the lgbt community.

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