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Published May 14, 2012, 06:47 PM

Religious freedom on the docket with North Dakota Measure #3

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - In less than a month voters will head to the polls in North Dakota. Measure 2 is property taxes; Measure 4 is the Fighting Sioux logo issue. Measure 3, leading with Religious Liberty, is under the radar.

In less than a month voters will head to the polls in North Dakota. Measure 2 is property taxes; Measure 4 is the Fighting Sioux logo issue. Measure 3, leading with Religious Liberty, is under the radar.

Tom Freier – North Dakota Family Alliance: “Measure 3 would restore for North Dakotans what the Supreme Court removed some 20 years ago which is our basic 1st amendment right to express our religious freedom.”

Tom Freier on the North Dakota Family alliance says that there has been an erosion of religious liberty over the last 20 years since the Supreme Court said the federal law only applied to cases involving the federal government. Their group is urging a yes vote on measure 3.

Tom Fiebiger – North Dakotans Against Measure 3: “We're in favor of religious liberty, we're very much in favor of it we just think measure 3 goes too far.”

Tom Fiebiger is with North Dakotans against Measure 3. He thinks the wording in the measure is too vague.

Tom Fiebiger: “This just requires a burden and that could mean a host of different things. It could mean a city bus driver that doesn't want to take someone to church because they disagree with their religious beliefs.”

A yes vote on measure 3 would open to door to law suits according to Fieberger, but not so says Freier.

Tom Freier: “We have found just found a very few minimal cases that have come up in all those states over all those years.”

Eric Raile – NDSU Political Science: “Going to the constitution is seen as being superior to simply enshrining this in the law.”

Eric Raile of the NDSU poly-sci departments thinks that if Measure 3 passes it will likely face a court challenge

Eric Raile: “Really, it comes down to a balancing of different rights and liberties and deciding which are more important and which might potentially be more serious.”

Both sides are hoping Measure 3 gets more attention as we head to Election Day. To learn more about Measure 3 follow the Easy Link.

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