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Republicans are fighting among themselves over religious freedom and America's growing tolerance for the rights of gays and lesbians.  We hear what that means politically—from new laws in Arkansas and Indiana to next year's presidential campaign.

Also, New York Democratic Senator Schumer defies the White House on the Iran deal. On today's Talking Point, does telling the poor how to spend welfare money improve their lives?

Photo: RFRA Protests in Indianapolis on March 28, 2015 (Justin Eagan)

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Katie Cooper
Christine Detz

Schumer Defies White House on Iran Deal 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The likely next leader of Democrats in the US Senate is supporting a bill opposed by President Obama.  New York Democrat Chuck Schumer wants to give Congress a chance to reject agreement on Iran's nuclear program, as Burgess Everett reports in Politico.

Guests:
Burgess Everett, Politico (@burgessev)

More:
Corker on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act
Kirk-Brown Budget Amendment to Impose Sanctions on Iran

Gay Rights, Religion and Republican Politics 34 MIN, 46 SEC

Late last month, Indiana's Republican-dominated legislature passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. It was much like a federal law signed by Bill Clinton 20 years ago—but there was such an outcry from supporters of gay rights that Republican Governor Mike Pence called for it to be changed. When Arkansas Republicans passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, GOP Governor Asa Hutchinson refused to sign it.

Disputes over RFRA laws have revealed a great divide in the Republican Party. Traditionalists want to protect religious teachings against homosexuality, but others see a path to discrimination in an increasingly tolerant nation. Next year's presidential contenders are caught in the middle -- with religious conservatives more powerful in early primary states than they are later on. Will appeals to younger Republicans help remove opposition to same-sex marriage from next year's GOP platform?

Guests:
Steve Sanders, Indiana University (@SteveSSanders)
Mollie Hemingway, The Federalist (@MZHemingway)
Alexander Roarty, National Journal Hotline (@Alex_Roarty)
Gregory T. Angelo, Cabin Republicans (@gregorytangelo)

More:
Sanders on the Indiana RFRA fuss and the real mainstream
The Federalist on finding compromise on gay rights, religious freedom
Roarty on Republicans strategizing to delete gay marriage from the GOP 2016 platform
National Journal on Pence's problems as a preview of GOP's biggest 2016 hurdle
'Press Play' on the politics of religious freeodm
Log Cabin Republicans on Utah's passage of LGBT non-discrimination law
Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry
Evangelicals for Marriage Equality

Kansas Passes Controversial Welfare Reform Legislation 8 MIN, 35 SEC

Aid to the poor often comes with restrictions, and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says new limits on state assistance will help recipients to lead better lives. Kansas law is about to prohibit welfare recipients from visiting swimming pools, getting tattoos or withdrawing more than $25 from ATM's. We hear more about the reform legislation from Barbara Shelly, editorial and opinion writer at the Kansas City Star.

Guests:
Barbara Shelly, Kansas City Star (@bshelly)

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