Arkansas state Sen. Bart Hester (R) has written a bill, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which he claims would not discriminate against gay people, but would allow Christians to refuse to provide services for gay weddings.
U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) was asked about the proposed bill on CNN today during an interview with Wolf Blitzer (video below).
Sen. Cotton told Blitzer that the people of Arkansas believe in religious freedom, but Blitzer reminded him that everyone does.
Sen. Cotton claimed that states' religious freedom laws are similar to a 1993 federal law signed by President Bill Clinton, noted RawStory.com.
However, The Atlantic reports that the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act differs from the federal law, as it gives for-profit companies the same "free exercise" of religious rights as churches and individuals, and gives businesses a legal defense against discrimination lawsuits filed by private citizens.
According to CNN, Sen. Cotton added:
"But I also think it's important that we have a sense of perspective about our priorities. In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay. They're currently imprisoning an American preacher for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ in Iran.
"We should focus on the most important priorities that our country faces right now. And I would say that a nuclear armed Iran, given the threat that it poses to the region and to our interests in the region and American citizens, is the most important thing that we'd be focused on."