- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Several dozens of people, including former Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, have gathered in Little Rock to show their distaste for a proposed law that critics say would sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians.

They oppose the bill prohibiting state and local government action that would substantially burden someone’s religious beliefs unless a “compelling” interest is proven.

McDaniel said at the Sunday gathering held by the Arkansas chapter of Human Rights Campaign that he opposed the law that he believes allows for discriminatory practices.

Supporters of the legislation say it merely mirrors a similar federal protection in place for more than 20 years, but opponents say it amounts to state-sanctioned discrimination on religious grounds.

The measure recently was approved by the Senate and heads for a final vote in the House.

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