- Associated Press - Thursday, January 29, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A bill regarding the religious rights of people has received initial approval in the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 83 won preliminary approval on Thursday. It faces two more votes in the chamber before it can be sent on to the Senate for further debate.

Supporters say the bill protects the religious rights of people who don’t want to participate in activities they find morally objectionable.

Opponents argue the bill would curtail the rights of others.

The bill comes after Wyoming was forced by a federal court to recognize gay marriage.

The bill’s main sponsor is Republican Rep. Nathan Winters, of Thermopolis.

Winters says the measure aims to defend religious freedom from government overreach.

But Democratic Rep. James Byrd, of Cheyenne, says the bill would legalize discrimination.

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