Proposed law would protect the right of state-licensed workers to refuse to provide services based on their religious beliefs

Civil rights advocates are condemning a proposed Texas law they say opens the door to discrimination against the LGBT community and religious minorities.

The Texas state senate passed Senate Bill 17 earlier this week, which would protect the right of state-licensed workers such as doctors, teachers and counselors to refuse to provide their services based on “a sincerely held religious belief”, except in cases where medical services are necessary to “prevent death or imminent serious bodily injury”.

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