Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Business mounts opposition to W.Va. religious exemption bill

(AP) — West Virginia is considering a bill that opponents fear could not only act as a cover for discrimination against gays but also negatively impact the state's fragile economy.

West Virginia's bill would let a person challenge a governmental body in court that has made him or her follow a particular state or local law that goes counter to a deeply held religious belief. The bill says the government would need a compelling interest to make people abide by government action that encroaches on their religious expression.

Companies like AT&T and Dow Chemical have already expressed concerns about the measure.

The bill has passed the House. The Senate hasn't considered it yet.