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Wal-Mart criticizes 'conscience protection' measure

- Associated Press

Wal-Mart on Tuesday criticized a "conscience protection" measure in the retail giant's home state that opponents say sanctions discrimination against gays and lesbians, while Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson also expressed concerns about the legislation.

NC considers exempting some from performing gay weddings

- Associated Press

Some North Carolina lawmakers are convinced that court officials should be exempt from having to perform same-sex weddings or issue marriage licenses to gays because of the workers' religious beliefs.

House committee reviews religious freedom court standard

- Associated Press

The fate of a measure to create a state-level standard for courts to use when considering whether the government has infringed upon South Dakotan's religious beliefs will likely get decided next week.

A Jordanian woman prays for Egyptian Christians who were killed in Libya, at the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. George for Coptic Orthodox Church, in Amman, Jordan. Wednesday, Feb. 18 2015. An Islamic State video released on 15 February claimed to show the extremist group beheading 21 Egyptian Christians abducted in Libya more than a month ago. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Coptic Catholics consecrate first church in Sinai

- Catholic News Agency

"The church in Egypt has been strengthened by the murder of our brothers in Libya." Such was the reaction of Coptic Catholic Bishop Youssef Aboul-Kheir of Sohag to the beheading of 21 Orthodox Coptic men in Libya by Islamic State affiliates.

GOP-led Senate panel advances bill on religious objections

- Associated Press

Republicans on an Indiana Senate committee didn't wait for the Democratic members to arrive Wednesday before pushing through a contentious proposal supporters say would ensure people and businesses could refuse services for same-sex weddings because of religious beliefs.