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House GOP caucus weighing religious freedom bill

A controversial religious freedom bill is unlikely to come up this week after an apparently contentious caucus of House Republicans Wednesday night.

The bill in North Carolina is similar to one that caused a firestorm of national attention in Indiana, and has brought repeated remarks from Gov. Pat McCrory expressing reservation.

The bill is seen by supporters as protecting people’s rights to exercise their religious beliefs. Opponents say it would allow for wrongful discrimination against gays and lesbians.

House caucus meetings are private and not subject to open meetings requirements. House members are sworn to secrecy, and will not openly discuss what occurs in them.

It appears that the religious freedom bill could still come up before next week’s crossover deadline, though that was unclear late Wednesday.