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Arkansas, Indiana lawmakers race to update religion bills

Arkansas, Indiana lawmakers race to update religion bills

Rep. Bob Ballinger, R-Hindsville, left, speaks with Sen. Uvalde Lindsey, D-Fayetteville, before a late meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. A day after Arkansas lawmakers defied criticism to pass a religious-o…

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Arkansas, Indiana lawmakers race to update religion bills

Arkansas, Indiana lawmakers race to update religion bills

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Lawmakers in Arkansas and Indiana are scrambling to revise controversial religious objection measures as Republican governors in both states try to quell a growing backlash from businesses and other critics who have called the proposals anti-gay.

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Businesses, performers boycott Indiana because of new law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Businesses and organizations are canceling events and barring travel to Indiana over a religious objections law that critics say would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Lawmakers are working to clarify the bill's intent, but many aren't waiting to see the results.

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What Americans think about gay rights and religious liberty

What Americans think about gay rights and religious liberty

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans support allowing businesses to refuse wedding-related services to same-sex couples on religious grounds, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll conducted earlier this year. But another recent poll suggests Americans' sympathy for religious objectors may be…

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Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's request

Arkansas Senate takes up religion bill at governor's request

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson backed away Wednesday from his promise to sign a controversial religious-objections bill, bowing to pressure from critics of the measure, including his own son and some of the state's biggest employers, who say the legislation is anti-gay.

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Governor in a political firestorm over Indiana law

Governor in a political firestorm over Indiana law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just a week ago, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was considered one of the few Republican presidential prospects who could unite the GOP's business wing with religious conservatives.

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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

Opponents of an Arkansas religious objection measure chant "We Are Arkansas" as they face the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson earlier Wednesday said he wants the Legislature to either recall the bill from his desk or pass a …

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GOP's Ted Cruz calls religious liberty a defining issue

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concerns about religious freedom could unite Republicans and rally conservative Democrats to the GOP in 2016.

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Pittsburgh Diocese eliminating fees for marriage annulments

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Diocese of Pittsburgh has eliminated fees for annulments in keeping with comments by Pope Francis that the church should make it easier for some divorced Roman Catholics to remarry and receive other sacraments.

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Businesses, performers boycott Indiana because of new law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Businesses and organizations are canceling events and barring travel to Indiana over a religious objections law that critics say would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Lawmakers are working to clarify the bill's intent, but many aren't waiting to see the results.

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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

Kristen Hooper, center, and Robert Loyd, right, hold a sign on the steps of the Arkansas state Capitol thanking Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson for calling for changes to a religious objection measure in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. The measure faced a backlash from businesses a…

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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

Chad Griffiin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, center, speaks with Kendra Johnson of the Arkansas chapter of the organization at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious obje…

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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

Opponents of an Arkansas religious objection measure chant "We Are Arkansas" as they face the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson earlier Wednesday said he wants the Legislature to either recall the bill from his desk or pass a …

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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious-objections bill

Chad Griffin, national president of the Human Rights Campaign, speaks at a rally at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson earlier Wednesday called for changes to a religious objection measure that provoked a backlash from busi…

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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, background, listens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and…

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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

Tippi McCulloch, center, surrounded by opponents of a religious objection measure passed by the Arkansas House the day before, speaks outside the governor's office, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday called for change…

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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, center, walks between Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, left, and House Speaker Rep. Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, after a news conference at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious o…

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Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks at a news conference at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson on Wednesday called for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanc…

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Clinton: Ark. governor should veto religious liberty bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday pressed Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto a religious objections bill in her former home state, warning it would allow "unfair discrimination" against gays and lesbians.

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US military aid released to Egypt boosts leader's legitimacy

US military aid released to Egypt boosts leader's legitimacy

CAIRO (AP) — The release of U.S. military aid to Egypt withheld following the army's overthrow of an elected Islamist president in 2013 has boosted the legitimacy of the former military chief now running the country, nearly a year into his four-year term.

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