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Conn. lawmaker set to launch measure on religious symbols

(JTA) — Connecticut residents would be allowed to display religious symbols under legislation expected to be announced by state lawmaker Martin Looney.

Looney, the state Senate majority leader, will make the announcement at a news conference Tuesday at the Anti-Defamation League’s office in Hamden, Conn., along with representatives of the Connecticut Regional Office of the ADL.

Barbara Cadranel, who recently settled a case with her condominium association in Stratford over its ban on displaying a mezuzah on her apartment’s doorpost, also is scheduled to appear at the news conference and answer questions, according to reports.

The California Condominium Association had threatened in a letter to fine Cadranel, who is Jewish, $50 a day until she removed a mezuzah from her doorpost. The association’s agreement with residents had allowed the display of items on doors but not doorposts, meaning that residents could affix Christmas wreaths and crucifixes to their doors, but Jewish residents could not affix mezuzahs to their doorposts.

Earlier this month, the association backed off its demand that Cadranel remove her mezuzah and also apologized.
 

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