AUGUSTA – A religious freedom bill that is sure to spark great debate in augusta and perhaps around the country has won the support of three top republicans in the Maine senate.
The measure has been compared to a similar bill that caused controversy and protest in Indiana just weeks ago.
Senator David Burns of Whiting is the primary sponsor, but he also has the support of Senate President Mike Thibodeau of Winterport, majority leader Garrett Mason of Lisbon Falls and Assistant Majority Leader Andre Cushing of Hampden.
Opponents argue the bill would allow for discrimination of gays and lesbians, while supporters say it would simply affirm people’s rights to practice their religion without government interference.
The bill should be scheduled for a public hearing in the next few weeks.