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WV governor signs bill providing vital religious freedom protections

Religious freedom entails the freedom to believe and speak your convictions, practice your faith, and live in line with your conscience

The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Greg Chafuen regarding West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s signing Thursday of the Equal Protection for Religion Act, a bill that ensures that West Virginians are free to live and work according to their faith without fear of unjust government punishment:

“Citizens should not be left defenseless when their government attempts to burden their ability to live and worship according to their faith. This law provides a sensible balancing test for courts to use when reviewing government policies that infringe upon the religious freedom rights of West Virginians. The law doesn’t automatically decide who will win every disagreement, but it does ensure that every West Virginian—regardless of belief system or political power—receives a fair hearing when government action forces a person to violate his or her religious beliefs. We commend Sen. Amy Grady and Del. Jonathan Pinson for introducing this important legislation, Del. Tom Fast for his efforts in support of the bill, and Gov. Justice for signing it into law, ensuring that freedom of religion is protected for all West Virginians.”

  • Pronunciation guide: Chafuen (CHAFF’-wen)

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.

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