AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine lawmakers took up a controversial bill Thursday dealing with religious freedom.
Both supporters and opponents turned out in force to let their positions be known. The bill would allow a person whose religion is burdened by a government law to seek relief through the courts. Supporters say the bill would it make it more difficult for the state to interfere with a person's religious beliefs.
Opponents say it's a veiled attempt to do away with anti-discrimination laws. They say a person could hide behind religious beliefs and refuse housing or refuse to serve someone because of their race or sexual preference.
A public hearing on the bill was held Thursday by the Legislature's Judiciary Committee.