Indiana RFRA Q&A
An attorney over at the Federalst does a question and answer session on the recent religious freedom bill passed in Indiana. A few things he points out:
- Nineteen other states and the federal government already had similar laws, known as Religious Freedom Restoration Act(s). The federal one signed by Bill Clinton in '93.
- The words "gay", "lesbian", or "sexual orientation" don't appear in Indiana's, or any of the other RFRAs.
- No RFRA has ever been used to deny service to LGBT types in restaurants or other public accommodations after 20 years.
One thing he doesn't address is whether the states that had the lawsuits we've heard about (wedding cakes and photography) had RFRAs and how that played out, or might have with an RFRA, in the end.