Senate passes religious freedom bill

The Senate passed the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act” late Wednesday on a 31-17 vote.

House Bill 1523 would allow clerks to deny same-sex marriage licenses to gay couples because of their religious beliefs and not face any repercussions. It would also allow private businesses and faith-based organizations to refuse services based on those same beliefs without retribution.

Sen. Jenifer Branning, R-Philadelphia, presented the bill to the Senate. Debate bill lasted over two hours…

…The bill will now head back to the House to approve an amendment.