- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) says Ohio law strikes a good balance between protecting religious freedom and preventing discrimination, and he sees no need for changes.

The prospective 2016 presidential contender was addressing national debate over religious objections laws in other states that have angered gay rights advocates. Kasich told reporters Thursday that he thinks Ohio is “doing fine” as it is.

Indiana and Arkansas have scrambled to clarify laws establishing broad religious protections that critics decried as intended to allow businesses and individuals to refuse service to gays. A similar bill was withdrawn in Ohio after lawmakers said they feared unintended consequences.

Kasich said as a person of faith he likes to “focus on the ‘do’s‘ of religion,” such as praying for your enemies, more than the “don’ts.”

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