CNS News analyzes the “fix” proposed by Indiana Republicans.
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced Thursday that they would submit a new versionof the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to Gov. Mike Pence to counter criticism that it discriminates against gays and lesbians.
“It was never intended to discriminate against anyone,” Long told reporters. “That perception led to the national protests we’ve seen.”
But a lawyer for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty says the proposed legislative “fix” is not only unnecessary, it would undermine the religious rights of Hoosiers and leave them vulnerable to criminal prosecution for following their religious beliefs, the opposite of what RFRA was intended to do.
“We think the Indiana law is a very good law which is modeled on what has worked at the federal and state level for 20 years, and which is similar to…
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