Religious-practices bill headed to Miss. governor - - Jackson, MS

Religious-practices bill headed to Governor Bryant

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers have passed the final version of a bill that says state and local governments cannot put a substantial burden on religious practices.

Senate Bill 2681 ( ) passed the House and Senate on Tuesday after debates about whether it could lead to discrimination against gay people or other groups.

The bill goes to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant. It also would add "In God We Trust" to the state seal, as Bryant requested.

Supporters say the bill, called the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, mirrors a federal law signed by President Bill Clinton more than 20 years ago.

Opponents say they worry a state law could clear the way for some to cite religious beliefs to discriminate against gay people, black people, women or those of other faiths.

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