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Topic - Lynn Luker
A lawmaker promoting disputed legislation to protect religious people who refuse to serve gays, lesbians and others to whom they object from lawsuits says he'll withdraw the bill, for now.
Legislation that proponents say will protect the religious freedom of businesses not to have to serve gay customers has been sidetracked.
Idaho's Capitol on Wednesday was again the focus of frustration among gay rights activists as lawmakers kept alive a bill that Republican religious conservatives argue is necessary to protect businesses from being forced to serve customers whose lifestyles offend their faith traditions.
A bill to block lawmakers from serving in other elected posts is headed for a House vote after proponents said it will help protect the public from situations where officials are torn by competing interests.
Gay-rights activists were stymied again this year in winning a hearing to add discrimination protections to the Idaho Human Rights Act.
Idaho lawmakers and conservative Christian allies who contend faith is under siege by gays, lesbians and the government are launching a "pre-emptive" strike to bolster rights of licensed professionals to refuse service or employment to those they conclude violate their religious beliefs.
A Boise Republican would bar people from serving in the Legislature while sitting on other elected panels, arguing potential conflicts make it difficult for them to represent different constituencies.
The first challenge to the constitutionality of the so-called fetal pain anti-abortion laws enacted in several states has come from an unlikely place. So has the second.
Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, said he understands opponents' concerns, but it might be too late to tweak the bill.
On Wednesday, Luker said it's unlikely his measure would resurface this session.