Social Conservatives Try New Tack With State-Level Efforts on Religious Freedom

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The Wall Street Journal
By Valerie Bauerlein and Jon Kamp
April 13, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C.—Social conservatives, pivoting from a series of setbacks on the national stage, are taking a more targeted, local approach to religious and individual privacy rights.

In North Carolina, Tennessee, Missouri and other states where Republicans have comparative strength, they have introduced proposals they say are intended to protect religious freedom, as well as bills governing the use of public bathrooms by transgender people.

Now, those efforts face challenges that are more than just political, but also economic, as alliances between Republicans and business leaders in many state capitols begin to fray over proposals regarding gay, lesbian and transgender rights.

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