Indiana and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Indiana and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Indiana State Governor Mike Pence has responded to the outcry against the recently created Religious Freedom Restoration Act, “RFRA”, which Indiana had enacted into law just the past week. We had recently done an article on the RFRA earlier this week that you can read by clicking here.

On April 9 2015, Gov. Mike Pence signed into law revisions in the state’s RFRA. The former RFRA law had garnered criticism from top business executives, celebrities and civil rights groups who fear the law could allow discrimination and damage the state’s reputation. The revised law means to take care of those concerns. The new legislation specifies that the new religious freedom law cannot be used as a legal defense to discriminate against patrons based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

The new revisions have pleased many people. People like NCAA president Mark Emmert, who released a statement earlier this week in response saying, “We are very pleased the Indiana legislature is taking action to amend Senate Bill 101 so that it is clear individuals cannot be discriminated against.” However some are still not so sure of the new revisions.

“Our position is that this ‘fix’ is insufficient,” said Bill Oesterle, CEO of Angie’s List in a statement given to press, “There was no repeal of RFRA and no end to discrimination of homosexuals in Indiana.” Katie Blair, campaign manager for Freedom Indiana, also gave a statement claiming that the new RFRA is still “leaving the door wide open for discrimination.”

If you are interested in reading more on the new revisions please see the links below.