Group calls bill “Religious Discrimination Act of 2016”

LEXINGTON, KY—The Family Foundation today announced its opposition to House Bill 155, a gay rights bill which the group says will worsen the problem of discrimination against people of faith in the Commonwealth. The group called HB 155 the “Religious Discrimination Act of 2016.”

“This bill will be used as a club to punish Christian business owners whose religious beliefs prevent them from toeing the liberal party line on gender issues,” said Martin Cothran, spokesman for the group. “It will sacrifice Christian-owned businesses on the altar of Political Correctness.”

Under the guise of civil rights, the bill would force Christian-owned businesses to violate their religious principles when hiring employees and could force some out of business altogether, said Cothran.

He said that similar local laws in Kentucky have already been used to attempt to force Christian business owners to participate in events that violate their religious beliefs. He pointed to a Lexington T-shirt company that a local human rights commission prosecuted when the Christian business owner refused to take part in the promotion of a gay pride event. “The Religious Discrimination Act of 2016 will further worsen the targeting of Christians who just want to mind their own business and go about their lives without being persecuted for their religious beliefs.”

HB 155 has been posted for passage in the House Judiciary Committee.

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