Sen. Del Marsh Says Religious Freedom Bills Are Dead
The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate says he believes religious freedom bills that target gays and lesbians are likely dead for the session. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said today that he did not think the issues would get a floor vote. The bills would give legal protections to probate judges who refuse to marry gay couples and adoption agencies that refuse gay couples. Marsh says the bills would be bad for the state's image as it attempts to recruit companies. Marsh is sponsoring a bill that states Alabama does not discriminate against gays in state hiring practices. The bill would not affect private business. A committee refused to vote on Marsh's bill.