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AP: Religious Freedom Laws Not Used Against Gays in the Past

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In fact, they've rarely been used at all.

Same-sex marriage supporters hold a counter rally across the street from the Alabama Sanctity of Marriage rally at the State Capitol Building in Montgomery, Ala. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. (Image source: AP/Montgomery Advertiser, Mickey Welsh)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Religious freedom laws like the one causing an uproar in Indiana have never been successfully used to defend discrimination against gays - and have rarely been used at all, legal experts say.

However, past may not be prologue in these cases, since gays have only recently won widespread legalization of same-sex marriage, and religious conservatives are now scrambling for new legal strategies to blunt the trend.

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