Shh! Sharia Law Gets a Clear Passage in Kentucky
More than a hundred new state laws take effect Tuesday in Kentucky. The General Assembly approved 129 bills during the 2013 session, which concluded on March 26. Most of the laws take effect 90 days after the conclusion of the session.
Under House Bill 279, the controversial religious-freedom bill, someone with “sincerely held” religious beliefs can disregard state laws “unless the government proves by clear and convincing evidence that it has a compelling governmental interest in infringing” the person’s religious freedom.
Opponents of the bill fear it will allow the use of religious beliefs to justify discrimination, particularly against same-sex couples. Gov. Steve Beshear, citing concerns about potential lawsuits, vetoed the bill earlier this year, but the House and Senate overwhelmingly voted to override Beshear’s veto.
Backers of the law said it was needed in light of a Kentucky Supreme Court ruling last year that …