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SD Bill Seeks To Protect Speech On Sex Orientation

February 18, 2014, 5:03 AM

SD Bill Seeks To Protect Speech On Sex Orientation
PIERRE, SD -

South Dakota lawmakers are considering a measure that seeks to protect people from being sued for expressing their religious beliefs regarding sexual orientation.

If passed, the bill would put the South Dakota Legislature on record as finding that expressing the viewpoint that any specific sexual orientation is wrong or a sin is free speech protected by the First Amendment. However, it says speech intended to incite or threaten violence is not allowed.

The bill also seeks to protect businesses against lawsuits if they refuse to serve or hire a person because of sexual orientation.

The measure says a judge must dismiss any lawsuit dealing with freedom of speech or hiring based on sexual orientation.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday.

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