Does Indiana’s New Religious Freedom Bill Promote Discrimination?

[ 0 ] March 30, 2015 |

More than 24 states across the U.S. have introduced legislation that have the potential of promoting discrimination, critics say. Just last week, the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act was introduced in Indiana and will be effective on July 1st.

While Indiana Governor Mike Pence has stated the new Religious Freedom bill is designed to prevent the government from interfering with one’s religious beliefs, critics nationwide have expressed it actually gives businessowners the right to deny working with members of the LGBT community.

During an interview on ABC’s This Week, Gov. Pence said: “The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into federal law by President Bill Clinton more than 20 years ago. Indiana properly brought the same version that then state senator Barack Obama voted for in Illinois before our legislature.”

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As concerns have spread across the country, Indiana’s Republican leaders have announced plans to push for a clarification of the law to eliminate any opportunity for discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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