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Religious freedom fight

By Lisa Brody
News Editor
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"My stance is there's a federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act," said Rep. Klint Kesto (R-Commerce, West Bloomfield). "As a Catholic, the Pope mentioned treating everyone fairly and equally. At the same time, no one's religion should be burdened by the government. But it must be some sincerely held religious belief, not just an excuse that is discriminatory."

"I just keep going back to the Constitution, that all people are created equally, and if we just go back to what our forefathers wrote, we'd all be just fine," said Sen. Kowall. "Our rights are pretty well-defined, and the Michigan Constitution is even clearer than the federal Constitution, that everyone is equal."

On May 7, 2015, state Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) introduced Senate Bill 315, to expand the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include the LGBT community.

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