Gov. Beshear vetoes religious freedom bill
FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has vetoed a bill intended to protect religious freedom in Kentucky.
Beshear cited "vague language" in the law, also known as House Bill 279, that could potentially lead to "overly broad applications."
Below is a statement from the governor regarding the veto:
“Religious freedom is a cornerstone of this great nation, and a right enshrined in both the United States Constitution and the Kentucky Constitution. I value and cherish our rights to religious freedom and I appreciate the good intentions of House Bill 279 and the members of the General Assembly who supported this bill to protect our constitutional rights to practice our religion. However, I have significant concerns that this bill will cause serious unintentional consequences that could threaten public safety, health care, and individuals’ civil rights. As written, the bill will undoubtedly lead to costly litigation. I have heard from many organizations and government entities that share those same concerns. Therefore, after giving this measure thoughtful analysis and consideration, today I vetoed the bill.”
Earlier story (from the Associated Press):
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear will have to decide Friday whether to veto a bill intended to protect religious freedom in Kentucky.